June is the month to paint the town in rainbows and celebrate LGBT with joy and pride the NYC way. June is more than celebrating being part of the LGBT community. It is really about commemorating the personal freedom of expression.
New York celebrates LGBT Pride Month in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Inn Riots, which helped light the way for the modern LGBT movement. Sunday, June 28, NYC will have the Pride March, but New Yorkers celebrate all month long.
There will be an NYC Pride Ride June 15. Check-in will be from 6-10 a.m. Registration prices are now $60, as it is after June 1. People will be bicycling from the Upper West Side through Bergen County to the Finish Line, which will be on Manhattan’s Hudson Shore. There are three distances to choose from: 100, 60, or 30 miles. Then attendees can join the festival and get a free massage. After enjoying the festival, there is Rainbow Fashion Week.
Attendees can also fill the need for great art and fashion when they celebrate LGBT pride month the NYC way. June 19 through June 26 tickets are $20-$25 for each show. Rainbow Fashion week will feature the latest styles that will be inter-seasonal. There will also be a film festival, as well as, a live-art window installation that will be hosted at trendy locations, such as the Refinery Hatbox in the Garment District and West Elm in Chelsea. Those in attendance can then take a guided tour of the “Curator’s Choice: Black Life Matters” gallery.
People can also pay homage to the black LGBT community. This will be the first guided tour presented by In the Life Archive’s First Fridays: Black Gay Pride Edition, to be held at the Schomburg Center in Harlem. One can enjoy drinks and music, as drag legend and hostess Harmonica Sunbeam will be performing. Seats are first come, first serve and it is said that it is sure to be glamorous. This event will be June 5 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is free at 515 Malcolm X Blvd. Then there will be a variety show and brunch.
The boozy brunch is hosted at the Gay Bash and Variety Show, and Brunch will be hosted every Sunday throughout the month of June. People can laugh with comedian Adam Sank and enjoy seeing drag legend Sweetieland and more while sipping $5 mimosas. Starting June 7 from 2-5 p.m. The show is $20 at 1568 Second Ave, before the fantasy event the Burlesque Masquerade.
LGBT celebrators can wear the most breathtaking mask to Fantasy: A Burlesque Masquerade at The Diamond Horse. All night there will be secret acts and performances, from guest DJs, The Freemasons, and Kitty Glitter, intending to put people in the partying mood all night long, Friday June 26, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., tickets start at $29 at 235 W. 46th Street. Then those in New York City can take a river boat cruise and dance till they drop.
People will be kicking up their heels on the Pride Ride: Rockin’ Rivers cruise on June 26 from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. There will be food, beverages, giveaways, and raffles. Tickets start at $50. The Rockin’ Rivers cruise will be at Circle Line Cruises Pier 83 West 42nd Street. Then party-goers can go from the river to the rooftop at the VIP rooftop party.
The VIP rooftop party will be at Hudson Terrace June 27 from 2-10 p.m. Those in attendance can dance the night away with DJ’s Saul Ruiz, Ben Baker, Grind, and Cindel. Tickets start at $39 at 621West 46th Street. Also, June 27 is the 12th annual Women-Only Dance Party.
Residents and visitors can party at Teaze for Girls’ Night Out. There will be DJ’s Whitney Day, Sherlock and Ruby Rose from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. They will be spinning from 3-10 p.m. and tickets start at $25, at Hudson Park Pier 26. Then there will be the grand finale.
LGBT Pride Month celebrations in NewYork City end with the LGBT Pride March, Sunday, June 28. This year’s Grand Marshalls will be Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian Mckellan. The March starts at noon at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue. There are many places to march:
June 7 starting at noon at 37th Avenue from 89th Street to 75th Street. There will be a festival following the march on 75th Street and 37th Road from 1:30-6 p.m. June 13th the Brooklyn Pride Festival will be on Fifth Avenue between Third Street and Ninth Street at 11 a.m. The Twilight Parade starts at 7:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue at Lincoln Place.
All of these events and more is how NYC celebrates LGBT Pride month, and residents and visitors alike can celebrate in these fantastic ways. More information can be found for those wanting to partake in the festivities that New York has to offer for LGBT Pride month.
By Jeanette Smith
AM New York: LGBT Pride Month NYC: Events, Parades, and Parties
Wisconsin Gazette: National LGBT Museum 2019
Reuters: New York’s Stonewall Inn LGBT Pride Month
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