The year 1969 represented a turning point in modern U.S history and gave rise to the social movements that have forced the world to change for the better. On June 28, 1969, police raided a bar in Greenwich Village known to be the hotspot of New York’s gay community. Tired of the intolerance and brutality, people decided to fight back. The Stonewall Riots ensued and the modern Gay Rights movement was born. For the first time, the LGBTQIA+ community was heard by the world and one year later, Heritage of Pride was born. Today the spirit of Stonewall lives on in the hearts and minds of millions every year.
As one of the largest Pride marches in the world, NYC Pride’s annual celebration has become a staple for the LGBTQIA+ community all over the world, drawing millions of people to New York City for a parade full of music, dancing, and demonstrations. But 2020, which marks the 50 year anniversary of the first parade, will see a few changes. Due to the ongoing health crisis, NYC Pride is hosting a series of online events celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community while focusing on discrimination and police brutality, showing that despite the changes, NYC Pride is living up to its initial purpose. Here is all of the information you need:
Human Rights Conference: https://www.nycpride.org/events/human-rights-conference
Where to watch: June 25, 9:30 am to 6:30 pm EDT, live on Facebook and Youtube.
Description: In this gathering, panels of activists, journalists, policymakers, students, and others will discuss human rights issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community all over the world.
Featured: hea Diamond, Cristal Ramirez, DJ BMAJR, and moderated by Mitchell Kuga.
The Rally: https://www.nycpride.org/events/The%20Rally
Where to watch: June 26 to 5 pm to 8 pm EDT.
Description: The Rally is an important event for those who wish to take action against inequality. Discussing police brutality and discrimination, important community activists, organizers, and politicians will come together to try to bring solutions to the LGBTQ+ and other minorities.
Featured: trans journalist Ashlee Marie Preston and others.
NYC Pride Special Broadcast event: https://www.nycpride.org/events/nyc-pride-march
Where to watch: June 28, from 12 pm to 2 pm on ABC EDT.
Description: NYC Pride will host a podcast honoring the frontline workers on ABC.
Featured: Janelle MJanelle Monae, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Luisa Sonzam Wilson Cruz, and more!
Savor Pride: https://www.nycpride.org/events/SavorPride
Where to watch: TBA
Description: On the terraces of God’s Love We Deliver, LGBTQ+ and ally chefs will cook an exciting and diverse menu with demonstrations, discussions, and tastings.
Criminal Queerness Festival:
Where to watch: Watch online from June 9 to the 29.
Description: National Queer Theatre and Dixon Place are hosting this event to give inspirational artists, playwrights, and activists a platform to discuss issues concerning equity for LGBTQ+ people all around the world and build a stronger queer community. This festival will include readings, panels, workshops, and cocktail parties.
Get Counted: Census 2020 Workshops: https://www.nycpride.org/events/get-counted-census-2020-workshops
Where to watch: April 23rd, 5:00 to 5:45 pm EDT.
Description: The point of this event will be to discuss the importance of census engagement and provide a guide for census completion.
Black Queer Townhall: https://www.nycpride.org/events/pride-2020-dragfest
Where to watch: June 19-21, live on Facebook and Youtube.
Description: As the replacement for the “Pride 2020 Drag Fest,” this event with performances, roundtable discussions, and fundraisers for black LGBTQ organizations including #BlackLivesMatter, will shift focus to racism and police brutality in America.
Featured: Peppermint and Bob the Drag Queen, Marti Gould Cummings, and other activists.
Garden Party: https://www.nycpride.org/events/garden-party-2020
Where to watch: Monday, June 22, 6 pm EDT.
Description: This virtual pride kick-off will include performances, guests, stories, and more!
Runstreet Virtual Pride 5k Art Run:https://www.nycpride.org/events/runstreet-virtual-pride-5k-art-run
Where to watch: June 20 (6 am) - June 28 (11:30 pm).
Description: Run with the spirit of Pride, take a selfie, and tag it @Runstreet to enter an NYC Pride photo contest!