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LGBT Events in 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 2015 and stay tuned for details on NYC Pride Week 2016!

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 2015 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 23rd, 2015,
Doors Open: 7:30pm; Movie Starts: 8:30pm
Location: Hudson River Park: Pier 63 (Cross the highway at 24th or 22nd Street and West-side Highway)
Family Movie Night is back with a splash! Hold on to your flippers, because this year we’re featuring a very special screening of Disney / Pixar's Finding Nemo. Enjoy a family-friendly flick, appropriate for all ages, while lounging under the stars on Hudson River Park's Pier 63. While this is one of the only free events for children and LGBT families during Pride we are selling, for the first time ever, a premium seating experience! The space will open its doors at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will screen at dusk. We hope you and your family can join us for this special evening!Hosted by: Miss Richfield 1981
NYC Gay Pride ParadeThe NYC LGBT Pride Rally
Friday
, June 26th, 2015, 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.
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 27th, 2015, 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. In 2015, VIP Rooftop will be celebrating its 5th anniversary of pure party craziness, 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!
We Party
Saturday, June 27th 2015, 10pm-6am

Location: The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave)
Masterbeat is proud to once again present the official Saturday night event of NYC Pride with WE Party: University.  Come party with over 3000 of the hottest men from around the world as we once again transform the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom into NYC’s biggest mega-club with 6 points of thundering line array concert sound, mega-watt full color lasers, hundreds of intelligent moving lights and the signature production that has made Masterbeat events famous around the world.
The theme this year is “University” as Hammerstein is transformed into a venue dedicated to higher learning. We promise you won’t mind a session of summer school with our school jocks and coaches, bad teachers, hot cheerleaders, academic professors and our legendary dancers direct from Spain. Assisting with your education will be international superstar DJ’s Sagi Kariv (Tel Aviv) and Micky Friedmann (Berlin) spinning the beats on campus.
Come get your degree at WE Party University. Bachelors and Master’s Degree Tuition available now.  This is going to be one school where you won’t mind won’t mind staying at after class. Detention anyone?

NYC Gay Pride Week - Rapture on the RiverTeaze (formerly Rapture on the River)
Saturday, June 27th, 2015, 3-10pm

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!

More information and tickets to Rapture on the River

2015 PRIDE Marshalls, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek JacobiThe March
Sunday, June 28th, 2015, Step Off: 12pm

Location: Starts at 36th Street & 5th Avenue, ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets.
The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.
The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2014, we were joined by over 325 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 55 floats making the trek down Fifth Avenue, last year's March was one of the largest and most exciting in history. The Grand Marshalls are British actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi.

PRIDEfest
Sunday,
June 28th, 2015, 12pm
Location: Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street
PrideFest, which will be going into its 21st year in 2015, 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!

Dance on the Pier - NYC Gay Pride Parade EventsThe Dance on Pier: Dance 24
Sunday,
June 28th, 2015, 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.
In 2014, Dance on the Pier had a record breaking year with over 20 community groups receiving grants thanks to the generocity of our attendees! The event included a memorable performance from Demi Lovato and featured world-renowned DJs. NYC Pride is planning to make 2015 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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