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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 2013 and stay tuned for more detailed information about New York City Pride Week 2014!

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 2013 Calendar of Events (check back soon for NYC Pride Week 2014 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 March, the Dance on the Pier, and Rapture on the River. 

NYC Gay Pride ParadeSaturday, June 28th, 2013, 3-6pm
The NYC LGBT Pride Rally
East River Bandshell, enter the park using the pedestrian bridge south of Cherry Street
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 LGBT 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. It was followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. From 1997 to 2009, the Rally was held in Bryant Park.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.
The entire Rally will be ASL interpreted for individuals who are deaf/hard-of-hearing.

NYC Gay Pride Week - Rapture on the RiverSaturday, June 29th, 2013, 4-11pm
Rapture on the River: A Women's Dance

Location: Pier 54 (13th Street by the Hudson River, in Hudson River Park)
We had a record breaking 3,500 females attend Rapture on the River 2012! Stay tuned for more details regarding the 2013 Rapture on the River. This thumpin' dance, featuring the music from top DJs has become a staple Pride event for women in New York City. All proceeds from Rapture on the River benefit New York City's LGBT Pride Week Events and community organizations.
Whether you want to engage in some afternoon revelry with friends or dance the night away, Rapture on the River is THE event for all lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified women. Rapture takes place after the Dyke March and the night before the official NYC Pride March. Come celebrate your out-and-proud-of-it self at an event like no other. More information and tickets to Rapture on the River
Saturday, June 29th, 2013, 2-10pm
NYC Pride & Rafferty/Mazur Events Present: The VIP Rooftop Party

Location: Hudson Terrace
NYC Pride and Rafferty/Mazur Events proudly present the VIP Pride Rooftop Party on Saturday June 29th! Come dance on one of the most exclusive rooftops venues overlooking one of the greatest cities in the world during the best weekend of the year! More information and tickets to The VIP Rooftop Party

Cyndi Lauper NYC Gay Pride Parade MarshalSunday, June 30th, 2013, 12 noon
The March

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. It began as an annual civil rights demonstration beginning the year after the Stonewall Riots in 1970. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to the illness, violence and neglect. It has also evolved to include being a celebration of our lives and our community. Special needs seating will be made available near the intersection of 23rd Street and 5th Avenue. Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes will be leading the 2013 March down 5th Avenue. 2012 Grand Marshals included: Cyndi Lauper, Chris Salgardo, Phyllis Siegel & Connie Kopelov. 

Sunday, June 30th, 2013, 11am-7pm
Location: Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street
PrideFest is the annual LGBT street fair. PrideFest seeks to bring together local residents and families, community leaders, and area business owners to celebrate in the street. Additionally, we expect to attract thousands of out-of-state visitors and volunteers. This will be the 18th annual PrideFest event. We will continue to combine vendors, entertainers, and community activities for a day of fun celebration of LGBT Pride in the name of equality.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.

Dance on the Pier - NYC Gay Pride Parade EventsSunday, June 30th, 2013, 4-10:30pm The Dance on Pier: Dance 24
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 10:30 pm. 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.
More information about Dance on the Pier and tickets
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