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A WorldPride Focus on Human Rights

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A WorldPride Focus on Human Rights

Much of the focus during WorldPride last month may have been on the parties and parades, but among the many events produced was the Human Rights Conference. It was the second time New York has hosted the conference, with last year’s being essentially a trial run for Heritage of Pride, the organizer of Manhattan’s Pride events, in anticipation of it hosting WorldPride in 2019. InterPride, the group that licenses World Pride, requires host cities to sponsor the conference. Comment
As a final look back at the historic Stonewall 50 Pride Weekend, we present highlights of the June 28 Drag March. Comment
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The Biggest Dyke March Ever

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The Biggest Dyke March Ever

This year’s Dyke March, an non-permitted event held the afternoon before the Pride March, was the largest I’ve ever witnessed — about three times the typical size. Comments (3)
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Gay Liberation Front Reunites at WorldPride

Surviving members of the Gay Liberation Front gathered together at WorldPride on June 30 in the city where they seized the momentum of the Stonewall Uprising and pioneered the modern LGBTQ rights movement five decades ago. Comment
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A Pride Parade Like No Other

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A Pride Parade Like No Other

New York was awash in rainbows as it is every June, but this time there was a special meaning: the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which ushered in the modern LGBTQ civil rights era. New York’s WorldPride is the first time the event had ever been held in the US. Comment
How about love? That was the question that closed Stonewall 50/ WorldPride 2019 on Sunday, June 30, when the curtain fell on the month-long celebration and commemoration. Comment
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Queer Liberation March Draws Many Thousands

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Queer Liberation March Draws Many Thousands

Thousands turned out for the Queer Liberation March and a rally that was held on the Great Lawn in Central Park in events that were explicitly linked to the LGBTQ community’s radical history and to its current far left politics. Comment
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Trans Day of Action Kicked Off Big Weekend

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Trans Day of Action Kicked Off Big Weekend

The annual Trans Day of Action — a rally and march to raise the visibility of transgender and gender nonconforming folks and the challenges they face — took place on a sunny, summery Friday afternoon June 28. Comment
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Rally Commemorates Half Century Since Stonewall

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Rally Commemorates Half Century Since Stonewall

In the early evening and well past the setting of the sun on June 28 — exactly 50 years after the Stonewall Uprising began following a police raid on the West Village bar — WorldPride hosted a commemorative rally at Christopher Street and Waverly Place outside the historic Stonewall Inn. Comments (2)
As WorldPride bloomed in New York City, UK Black Pride co-founder Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah, better known as Lady Phyll — an out lesbian grand marshal in the June 30 march — cast a bright light on international injustices and invoking historical figures outside her home country to illustrate the global struggle for racial equality in the LGBTQ community. Comment
Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and former NBA player Jason Collins talked about their experiences as out gay athletes during a June 27 event in the days leading up to WorldPride. Comment
Local One, a stagehand union of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, confirmed this week that their members are constructing, installing, maintaining, and operating lighting, rigging, sound equipment, scenery, and special effects at major event venues for the city’s WorldPride celebrations. Comment
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WorldPride Kicks Off in Brooklyn

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WorldPride Kicks Off in Brooklyn

WorldPride NYC and the Stonewall 50 Anniversary Weekend officially kicked off Wednesday, June 26, drawing thousands of revelers to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Comment
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Exploding the Myths of Stonewall

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Exploding the Myths of Stonewall

Over five decades, unsurprisingly, myths have grown up around the six nights in 1969 when what we now call the LGBTQ community rose up in opposition to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn. There was a period of time when a favorite story was that gay people stood up to the police because of Judy Garland’s death days before and that the Stonewall Uprising’s success was all due to “drag queens.” Comments (9)
The arrest of four young African-Americans for “masquerading” in 1966 illustrates the occasional complexity of police interactions with the LGBTQ community at that time and shows the emerging political power of the African-American community in New York City. Comment
Monica Helms never thought her simple sketch would turn into a worldwide symbol of inclusivity in the trans community. Comment
The de Blasio administration did not require that the commission that recommended that Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson be honored with a monument in the West Village consult any LGBTQ histories or historians when making its selections. Comment
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New Café Fêtes Our Donna

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New Café Fêtes Our Donna

Since 2017, East One Coffee Roasters has been a successful restaurant and roastery in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Since that time, its owners, Tom Cummings and his husband Morten Tjelum, have teamed up with the Camera Club of New York on Baxter Street downtown in a small café that also serves as an arts programming venue. Comment
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Gracie Mansion Hosts Pride Evening

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Gracie Mansion Hosts Pride Evening

On an evening in very late spring, June 20, with the weather mostly cooperating, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted their annual Pride Reception on the lawn at Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side. This year, the First Couple chose to declare “Pose” Day in New York, honoring several members of the show’s team, including one of its creators and writers, Steven Canals, and stars Angelica Ross and Mj Rodriguez. Comments (1)
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City Council Hosts Pride at the Joyce

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City Council Hosts Pride at the Joyce

The City Council’s LGBTQ Caucus held its annual Pride Celebration this year on June 17 at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea. Comment
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Our New Logo

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Our New Logo

You may have noticed in this Pride Season that Gay City News has taken on a new look that combines both our full name and our initials presented in lower case as gcn. Comment

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