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Gay & Lesbian Travel to New York City

Stonewall Inn New York CityNew York City is home to one of the world's largest gay populations and warmly welcomes gay and lesbian travelers. With so many gay-friendly activities, the annual NYC Pride March, Broadway and theater, and such significant gay history, it's no wonder that NYC is such a hot destination for gay and lesbian travelers.
 
See details about New York City Pride Week 2014 and stay tuned for more detailed information about New York City Pride Week 2015!

The Stonewall Rebellion
June 2009 marked the 40th anniversary of New York City's Stonewall Rebellion, a defining moment in the history of the gay and lesbian liberation movement. When patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, resisted a routine police raid, the result was monumental. Raids in gay bars were common in those days, prompted by a strong anti-gay sentiment, violations of liquor laws, or a failure to make payoffs to the police, however, this was the first time that the patrons resisted arrest and fought back. Patrons and sympathetic passers-by attacked the police with beer bottles, bricks, and firebombs, and the police responded by beating and arresting many of the protesters. The riots continued throughout the area for several days, empowering many closeted homosexuals to come out and have their voices heard. This was the beginning of Gay Pride, launching the organization of the Gay Liberation Front, soon replaced by the Gay Activists Alliance and Radicalesbians. The first annual Gay Pride March was held in June 1970 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings. The Stonewall Inn, the nearby Christopher Park, and the streets where events occurred were designated a national historic landmark in 2000.
Enjoy more Stonewall Inn and Greenwich Village History on the West Village Pub Crawl

 
New York City Pride Week 2014 Calendar of Events 
While there are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) celebrations in New York City every day of the year, the world-renowned NYC Pride festivities are generally held the fourth week of June.

Events include:
The Rally, NYC PRIDEfest, The Pride March, Dance on the Pier, and Teaze.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014,
Doors Open: 7:30pm; Movie Starts: 8:30pm
Location: Hudson River Park: Pier 46 , Cross the highway at Charles St.
Pull out your ruby slippers because to celebrate the return of our popular Family Movie Night we're featuring the original Wizard of Oz! This is one of the only free events for children and LGBT families during Pride Week. This event was a mega success when it launched in 2012.
Enjoy a family-friendly flick, appropriate for all ages, while lounging under the stars on Hudson River Park's Pier 46. Seating, blankets, and tasty treats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The space will open its doors at 7:30pm and the movie will screen at dusk. Fun games and entertaining performers will be on hand to get the crowd ready.
We hope you and your family can join us on this special evening!

NYC Gay Pride ParadeThe NYC LGBT Pride Rally
Friday
, June 27th, 2014, 6-9:30pm
Location: Hudson River Park: Pier 26 - All attendees must cross the highway at Laight St.
The Rally will feature well-known performers and motivating speakers from the LGBT community to kick-off this year's Pride Week events.
The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a "Gay Power" demonstration in Washington Square Park and followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. In 2013, we marked the opening of our official Pride events on Hudson River Park's Pier 26.
Last year's Rally was a huge success! The stage featured top-level performers like Vicci Martinez and Pam Ann along with incredible hosts Pandora Boxx and Keith Price. The Rally was also graced with a surprise appearance by Lady GaGa! The event could not have been more amazing and we look forward to another exciting Rally this year.

The VIP Rooftop Party
Saturday, June 28th, 2014, 2-10pm
Location: Hudson Terrace,
621 W. 46th St. between 11th Ave. & 12th Ave.
NYC Pride and Brian Rafferty Productions proudly presented the VIP Rooftop Party. Now going into its fourth year, this event has become one of the staple men's events for Pride Week at the most exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the greatest city in the world.
It all goes down at the luxurious Hudson Terrace, complete with plush interiors and relaxed terraces, a spacious roof deck where boys could work their bodies in the hot sun, and a retractable glass roof because nothing was going to rain on our parade!
The DJs for 2014 have been chosen and will be announced in March. We look forward to sharing one of the best lineups in the event's history. The VIP Rooftop Party continues to be one of our hottest events, selling out quickly. Make sure you get your tickets early!

We Party
Saturday, June 28th 2014, 10pm-7am

Location: The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave)
Masterbeat is proud to sponsor NYC Pride with our all new official Saturday night event: WE Party Casino. Come try your luck with over 3000 of the hottest men from around the world as Masterbeat once again transform NYC's legendary Hammerstein Ballroom - this time into a mega-club casino, complete with slots, craps, blackjack and more ways to "get lucky..." Six points of thundering line array sound, mega-watt lasers, hundreds of intelligent lights and Spain's legendary dancers will make this an unforgettable night.
Spain's WE Party presents an extravagant golden production of high stakes on the dance floor with Casino, where everyone will be a winner. Superstar International DJ's Issac Escalante (Mexico City) and Micky Friedmann (Berlin) will provide the soundtrack for the night as you move through the pit. Or, rise above it all and join us in the VIP High Rollers club where you'll be treated like a millionaire.
For more information visit http://www.wepartyontour.com
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/550498801714378/

NYC Gay Pride Week - Rapture on the RiverTeaze (formerly Rapture on the River)
Saturday, June 29th, 2013, 4-10pm

Location:
Hudson River Park: Pier 26, All attendees must cross the highway at Laight St.
Rocking women's worlds!
Teaze (formerly Rapture on the River) is NYC Pride's exclusive event for women. After over a decade of "rocking women's worlds," we're refreshing the event and introducing tons of exciting new ways for ladies of all walks to come together and celebrate Pride! Many of the details are still being finalized, but when we're ready to announce, you'll be the first to know.
Remember to follow NYC Pride on social media and check back here in the coming weeks for updates on what to expect at the all new Teaze!
DJ Dimples and DJ Susan Levine will bring the party to this new experience for women!
More information and tickets to Rapture on the River

Cyndi Lauper NYC Gay Pride Parade MarshalThe March
Sunday, June 29th, 2014, Line Up: 11am/Step Off: 12pm

Location: Starts at 36th Street & 5th Avenue, ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets.
This is arguably the must-see event of Gay Pride in New York City, drawing thousands of spectators. To commemorate and celebrate the Stonewall Riots, our lives, and our community, the March Committee is planning an exciting event with colorful floats, music, and community groups.
The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2013, we were joined by over 300 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 50 floats making the trek down Fifth Avenue, last year's March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.


PRIDEfest
Sunday,
June 29th, 2014, 11am-6pm
Location: Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street
PrideFest, now in its 20th year, is our annual LGBT street fair that combines vendors, entertainers and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. PrideFest attracts thousands of out-of-state visitors and brings them together with local residents and families, corporate sponsors, community leaders and area business owners.
PrideFest is the perfect place to stop to listen to a few tunes, grab a bite to eat or score some great Pride gear. And the best part is, it's totally FREE!
PrideFest isn't just a street festival, it's also a concert series! With performances running from 12:30pm to 5pm there's sure to be an act to tickle any fancy.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.

Dance on the Pier - NYC Gay Pride Parade EventsThe Dance on Pier: Dance 24
Sunday,
June 29th, 2014, 4-10pm
Location: Pier 54, 13th Street at the West Side Highway - Hudson River Park
The Dance on the Pier was born out of a time when LGBT persons could not dance openly and proudly together. It is a protest set to music, a celebration set to the western skyline and a reminder of how far we've come.
The Dance provides a grand finale for New York City Gay Pride. Thousands of revelers congregate until a massive fireworks show at 10:30pm. It's one of the great gay Manhattan parties of the year. All proceeds from the Dance on the Pier benefit New York City's LGBT Pride Week events and community organizations. In 2013, Dance on the Pier had a record breaking year with over 20 community groups receiving grants thanks to the generosity of our attendees! The event included major performances from Cher and Deborah Cox and featured world-renowned DJs. NYC Pride is planning to make 2014 BIGGER by continuing to book incredible talent and provide support to even more community groups through our ever expanding grants program.
More information about Dance on the Pier and tickets

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