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WorldPride 2019 Grand Finale

June 22 - July 30

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NYC Pride March - Photo by BFA Madison Voelkel

Welcome to the grand finale of a month of NYC WorldPride events — slated to be the biggest celebration in NYC’s Pride history. Feeling super? Pride teams up with FlameCon and the LGBTQ nonprofit Geeks Out for CosPlay and Pride at Pier 40 June 22. Whether you want to dress like a hero or villain, monster or alien, zombie or anime character, all you need to know is — you’re invited.

Then it’s time to let the music play June 23 as #HOWABOUTLOVE heads to the JCC Manhattan for its fifth annual concert. This time, the theme is 50 Years of Divas and will feature Broadway performers including Janet Krupin (If/Then, Bring It On), Will Bellamy, Magdiel Cabral and many more. The concert celebrates the powerful women who have added their voices to the LGBTQ movement over the past five decades.

Next, get serious with a Human Rights Conference at New York Law School June 24–25. Featuring luminaries from activists to allies, policymakers to performers, educators to experts, this annual conference has become an international gathering of the world’s most dedicated LGBTQ activists discussing issues regarding human rights around the globe.

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Renowned entertainer and humanitarian Whoopi Goldberg will host the Opening Ceremony of the United States’ very first WorldPride gathering at Barclays Center June 26. The centerpiece of the ceremony: a special benefit concert showcasing pop and R&B  stars  Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan and Ciara doing what they do best. Proceeds are earmarked for the Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality and SAGE, three organizations that play a pivotal role in supporting a variety of LGBTQ populations in New York City.

Please, sir, may I have some more? Following rave reviews, Savor Pride – a unique food-forward fundraiser featuring LGBTQ chefs and allies – returns for its second year June 28. Find it at God’s Love We Deliver (GLWD) headquarters, where food lovers and friends will get a rare opportunity to sample gourmet goodies and watch cooking demonstrations led by celebrity chefs. Stick around for decadent tastings and a chance to mingle with the culinary masters. Proceeds will benefit GLDW’s efforts to provide nutrition to the severely ill in the form of medically tailored, fresh-cooked meals.

Then on June 28 from 6–9pm, it’s time for The Rally: Stonewall 50 Commemoration. The original rally happened only a month after the Stonewall Uprising of 1969. A candlelight vigil was later added to commemorate fallen activists and instill hope for the future. Fifty years later, the LGBTQ community is keeping this tradition alive, with a reminiscent demonstration at the historic corner of Christopher St. & Waverly Place. Join in and make your voice heard at this empowering, free event.

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Photo by Deborah L. Martin

Pride Island brings a weekend of wonders June 29-30. Legendary model, actress and chanteuse Grace Jones will serve up a live performance at this year’s extravaganza. Set against the sparkling Hudson Bay on Pier 97. Pride Island has become the destination for music lovers during Pride weekend. Also appearing at this year’s open-air event are Brazilian drag icon Pablo Vittar, Afro-Latina pop-star Amara La Negra and tech-house DJ, Johnny Dynell. Tickets for both Saturday and Sunday are already sold out, but ask around: you never know who’s got an extra to spare.

Before or after the Pride March, swing by the Big Apple’s sprawling LGBTQ street fair. PrideFest will feature exhibitors, live performances and activities for folks of all ages. It’s certain to attract visitors from around the globe this year, making it a perfect place to make new friends, nosh on eclectic street food and snatch up your share of memorabilia.

Since 1970, the last Sunday in June has been the day for members of the LGBTQ community to band together and fill the streets in the name of equality. This year, we’ll do the same – bigger and better than ever – as we also celebrate NYC WorldPride, which marks 50 years since the historic Stonewall Uprising. Get ready to pound the pavement as the NYC Pride March launches from Manhattan’s Flatiron District (26th St. and 5th Ave). The March steps off at noon on June 30 and will feature more than 550 groups winding their way through the cheering throngs of Chelsea and the West Village. For more, visit metrosource.com/worldprideguide or worldpride.org.