GET READY FOR NYC PRIDE 2017: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

NYC Pride March 2016. Photograph by Bryan R. Smith sourced from Getty Images.

Though most people know NYC Pride for its annual parade, there is actually more than just the march down Fifth Avenue. There are many more events for all people of all ages that are part of NYC Pride. According to their official website, “We all celebrate Pride in different ways, which is why NYC Pride offers something for everyone during NYC Pride Week.”

The official theme of the NYC Pride 2017 celebration is “We Are Proud,” which pays homage to the diverse community of LGBT people and the progress made for LGBT rights. The theme also recognizes the continued battle for those rights in America and worldwide.

“We are the ever-evolving LGBT community and the tireless work of women and people of color. We are the valiant immigrants and refugees who found places to call home in America and around the globe. We are undaunted community with disabilities and we are the rising youth and wise elders of yesteryear. We are etched into the very fabric of American history. And we are proud of it.”

Maryanne Roberto Fine, NYC Pride Co-Chair

The first event of the celebration is the rally on June 16th at 6 pm, which kicks off NYC Pride at Foley Square. The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969, when about 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park and a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. The tradition continues in various parks and public locations throughout the city. This year, the focus of the rally is the attack of LGBT rights and human rights in the current political environment. The two hour rally will feature community activists, organizers, and politicians that will help inspire the crowd to take a stand and be heard.

Photograph by Dimitrios Kambouris sourced from Getty Images.

On June 18th, business leaders that have made an impact on LGBT equality in the workplace will be celebrated at the Pride Luminaries Brunch. Those being celebrated feature industry leaders like media mavens and proud politicians.

“OutCinema” is returning for a second run on June 19th after success last year. This year, the film event will be showing the world premiere of “Cherry Pop,” a comedy about a crazy night in a drag club. The movie features Bob The Drag Queen, Detox, and Tempest DuJour.

NYC Pride will be hosting a 3 day cultural experience showcasing talented and accomplished artists such as Patti LaBelle, Tegan and Sara, and Nelly Furtado. The event take place from Friday, June 23rd to Sunday, June 25th at Pier 26. Deborah Cox will start Friday night with her R&B tunes like “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” while DJ Lina accompanies. Patti LaBelle will end the nights with her timeless hits such as “On My Own,” “If Only You Knew,” and “Lady Marmalade.” Saturday features Tegan and Sara, an indie-pop duo, and British electronica trio, Years & Years. Sunday night will close with Nelly Furtado as the finale act.

“While LGBT Pride at its heart is about activism and social change, we also believe that our community needs a space to celebrate who we are and what we’ve achieved, and that’s why we created Pride Island.”

Jose Ramos, Pride Island Director

Photograph by Drew Angerer sourced from Getty Images.

For the first time, the NYC Pride March will be broadcasted live by WABC-TV on Channel 7 from Noon – 3 pm, and streamed on its website, www.abc7ny.com. In addition to the live broadcast, channel 7 will also provide coverage of other essential NYC Pride events like PrideFest, Pride Luminaries Brunch, the Rally, and Pride Island.

The long anticipated 48th NYC Pride March takes place on Sunday, June 25th from the kick-off at noon to 6 pm. The NYC Pride March started in 1970 as a civil rights demonstration on the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Today, the NYC March is the world’s best known LGBT event, with 350 marching contingents and more than 2 million spectators in 2016. The march begins at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and ends at Christopher and Greenwich street.

Grand Marshals excluding American Civil Liberties Union, from left to right : Geng Le, Brooke Guinan, and Krishna Stone.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone, and Geng Le are the 2017 Grand Marshals and they are four representations and supporters of the LGBT community. ACLU are uncompromising defenders of individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution for nearly 100 years. ACLU has been part of many LGBT cases including laws for marriage equality and the case of transgender student Gavin Grimm. Brooke Guinman is a 29-year-old trans woman, advocate, civil servant, firefighter, and native New Yorker. Krishna Stone is the Director of Community Relations at Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Geng Le is a leader in the burgeoning movement for LGBT equality in the People’s Republic of China. Geng was also one of the first to set up a gay social website in China.

Photograph by Neilson Barnard / Getty Images.

Also on the 25th is PrideFest, the annual LGBT street fair that has vendors, entertainers, and activities that create a fun, accepting, and unified environment. The festival is free and located on Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street. The event starts at 11 am and ends at 6 pm.

In addition the above events, there are also more, such as Family Movie Night, the Village Voice Pride Awards, a Moxie concert, an exclusive women’s event called “Teaze,” a VIP rooftop party, and a game show. All event information can be found here. Last but not least, to follow tradition, a large fireworks display will close the nine day event and be the official end of NYC Pride 2017.

Miley Cyrus is celebrating pride month by releasing her new single, “Inspired,” that has a vision of unity in the presence of division and is a call for young people to engage in their communities. The song comes from her newest album that is due for release later this year. Miley announced the new song on June 9th via her Twitter account.


Miley first performed “Inspired” at the “One Love Manchester” Benefit Concert on June 4th. She helped raise over $12 million for victims of the recent Manchester bombing. Miley will also be donating to the Happy Hippie Foundation in honor of “Inspired.” The Happy Hippie Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Miley Cyrus in 2014 to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and other vulnerable populations. Overall, the foundation uses its resources to help youths achieve positive outcomes in life through programs that include prevention, crisis response, support services to build long-term well-being, and public education to engage young people in systemic change.

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