NYC Pride: Rallies, events, and more during Pride Month
Pride 2020 may not take place in its usual form, but the celebration is still on with events across the entire month of June.
Saturday, June 27
World leaders, royalty, pop stars and drag queens will anchor this year’s 24-hour Global Pride livestream, the first worldwide L.G.B.T.Q. event, which is putting the Black Lives Matter movement at its center. Todrick Hall will host the stream of music, performances, speeches and messages of support.
BAM and New York Live Arts Present THE HOUSE PARTY WITH EVERYBOOTY
BAM and New York Live Arts are hosting a special streaming event featuring singular artists and collectives performing in drag, dance, song, storytelling, video collages, and more. The House Party with Everybooty will stream on livestream.com and will be accessible on BAM.org and NewYorkLiveArts.org. The joint celebration will be hosted by Andre J, Tyler Ashley (“The Dauphine of Bushwick”), Raja Feather Kelly, and more. Participating artists include icon Bill T. Jones; queer performance artist Migguel Anggelo; electro-funk duo The Illustrious Blacks; Untitled Queen for Bubble_T; the all-female sound system Gyal Tings; Overall Mother Summer LaBeija and Gulf Coast Mother Coco LaBeija for the House of LaBeija; West Dakota and Juku for OOPS!; Oscar Nñ for Papi Juice; Viva. The House Party with Everybooty will stream on livestream.com and will be accessible on BAM.org and NewYorkLiveArts.org.
Sunday, June 28 Noon
The grand marshals for the Special Pride Broadcast Event are Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”); the Ali Forney Center, dedicated to homeless L.G.B.T.Q. youth; Yanzi Peng, the executive director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China; and Victoria Cruz, an American activist and retired domestic violence counselor. Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Luísa Sonza and more will perform. And Wilson Cruz, Miss Richfield 1981, Margaret Cho and others will make appearances.
NYC Pride will also hold a virtual rally on June 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be hosted by Ashlee Marie Preston, the first transgender person to openly run for state office in California, and Brian Michael Smith, a transgender actor who has starred in “Homeland,” “Queen Sugar” and “The L Word: Generation Q.”
Link for Information: https://www.nycpride.org/events/nyc-pride-march
NYC Pride 2020: 50th Anniversary of the NYC Pride March
12 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. CT | 9 a.m. PT
Fifty-one years ago, protests in Greenwich Village helped spark change across the country. This year, leaders say it is more important than ever to continue NYC Pride's mission of bringing awareness to and fighting against social injustice. This special is a look back to its roots and a celebration of the community today.
More about Pride Month and Stonewall
In 1969, the Stonewall Inn was part of a Greenwich Village gay scene that remained largely underground. At the time, showing same-sex affection or dressing in a way deemed gender-inappropriate could get people arrested, and bars had lost liquor licenses for serving such people. Some gay nightspots simply operated illegally.
A one-time horse stable in adjoining buildings at 51 and 53 Christopher Street, the Stonewall was a divey, unlicensed spot with darkened windows, black-painted walls and a doorman who scrutinized would-be patrons through a peephole. But it also had a popular, pulsating dance floor that attracted a diverse, largely young crowd.
The police raid in the wee hours of June 28, 1969, stirred a sudden resistance, as patrons and others outside the bar hurled objects at officers. Protests followed over several more days and led to new, more extensive LGBTQ activist groups than the U.S. had seen before.
Today, many communities celebrate Pride Month in June, though some local events are held at different time of the year. Festivals, parades and other events often take place on the last weekend in June to commemorate the Stonewall uprising, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2019. As part of the commemoration, World Pride took place in New York City in what was estimated to be among the largest LGBT events in history based on attendance.
LGBT people across the country are also standing in solidarity this year with the Black Lives Matter movement following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other people of color and the resulting renewed focus on racial injustice. Demonstrators gathered en masse in Los Angeles earlier this month for a march in support of both racial and LGBT equality, and GLAAD has committed to amplifying Black LGBT voices this June.
Many LGBT people and allies also remain focused on fighting for equality in the eyes of the law. In a ruling earlier this month, the Supreme Court barred sex discrimination against LGBT individuals on the job, five years after the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges marriage equality ruling.