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Stonewall 50 Commemoration

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Take to the streets! NYC Pride is taking the Rally back into the streets in 2019. The first NYC Rally occurred a month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969 when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. The group marched up the Avenue of the America’s holding an official “gay-in” in Sheep Meadow while chanting “Say it loud, gay is proud” while holding colorful silk banners. Members of the Mattachine Society and Gay Activists Alliance as well as women’s liberations groups and roughly fourteen other organizations. NYC Pride continues this tradition hosting the event around the city with community activists, organizers, politicians and performers. Lady Gaga took to the stage at Pier 26 for the NYC Pride Rally 2013 and surprised the audience with a speech and the National Anthem.

In 2016 host Todrick Hall hosted the event which featured special performances by Bob the Drag Queen and Karmin. Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and Neema Bahrami, Pulse Nightclub Entertainment Manager made an appearance and addressed the 4,000+ attendees of the NYC LGBT Pride Rally. The Rally began with a powerful reading of the Orlando victims’ names. Last year Community Organizer Alicia Ortiz hosted the event at Foley Square and the event included Sarah Kate Ellis, President/CEO of GLAAD; Carl Siciliano, Founder of the Ali Forney Center; Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE; James D. Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project and more.

General Admission for the Rally is free and available for all. No tickets are required. All stage performances will be ASL interpreted. If you are interested in speaking at the Rally 2019 email [email protected]

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