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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 2016 Stay tuned for details on NYC Pride Week 2017. 

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 2016 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.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016,
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)
To infinity and beyond, Family Movie Night will be back in 2016! Enjoy a family-friendly flick, appropriate for all ages, while lounging under the stars on Hudson River Park's Pier 63. This year's film of choice is the Disney Pixar classic and original TOY STORY. 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!
If it does rain on June 21, the alternate rain date for the event will be June 22nd. We're confident we'll have sunny skies on June 21st!

NYC Gay Pride ParadeThe NYC LGBT Pride Rally
, June 24th, 2016, 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.
Friday day, June 24th 2016, 10pm-6am

The Diamond Horseshoe, 235 W. 46th St. (Between 7th and 8th Avenues)
A Friday night event to celebrate the start of NYC Pride Weekend. After living out your burlesque fantasy last year, this year join us for a NEON fantasy unlike any you've ever experienced. Dress up in your brightest neon colors and kick-off NYC Pride weekend properly. NYC Pride & Brian Rafferty Productions invite you to come experience NYC's newest gem, The Diamond Horseshoe, on Friday June 24th. Hidden beneath Times Square, this 20 million dollar club showcases some of the best performance artists, lighting, sound and special effects in New York City. 

The VIP Rooftop Party
Saturday, June 25th, 2016, 2-10pm
Location: Hudson Terrace,
621 W. 46th St. between 11th Ave. & 12th Ave.
NYC Pride and Brian Rafferty proudly present the 6th anniversary of the VIP Rooftop Party! Dance on the most exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the greatest city in the world during the best weekend of the year! This is the only Saturday afternoon event of NYC Pride, the largest Pride week in the nation.
3 INCREDIBLE DJs: Paulo, Eddie Martinez, and Peter Napoli
3 INCREDIBLE LEVELS: Hudson Terrace Rooftop, Indoor Salon, Outdoor Terrace
Tickets have sold out every year this event has taken place so get your tickets early!
**Rooftop retracts in case of inclement weather and is equipped with Nitro blasts in case of extra hot weather**

Saturday, June 25th 2016, 10pm-6am

Location: The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave)

Join over 3,500 of the hottest men and women from around the world at the main Saturday event of NYC Pride as Masterbeat presents an all new theme—Graffiti—and transforms the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom with its legendary production featuring: six points of line array concert sound, full color lasers, 3D LED visuals, and shows that are beyond your imagination.
For Pride 2016, we’re taking you back to the streets of New York. Remember the old NYC? Let’s go back…back to a time when NYC was edgy and alive with the beat. We'll be “breaking" all the rules as we transform the Hammerstein into the streets of NYC. Feel the rhythm and the hustle of NYC on the subway and then back on the stoop! It will be a night like no other with an old school look and feel. This is NYC and in NYC we do it like no other city in the world!
This year, we’re excited to present NYC with the debut of superstar producer and remixer Oscar Velazquez alongside Masterbeat resident DJ Micky Friedmann.
Graffiti is included in our NYC Pride Weekend Pass or you can purchase individual tickets and VIP tickets directly at
The theme this year is “Grafitti” as Hammerstein is transformed into a venue dedicated to higher learning. 

NYC Gay Pride Week - Rapture on the RiverTeaze
Saturday, June 25th, 2016, 3-10pm

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! Featuring DJ Samantha Ronson and Toni K.
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!

The March
Sunday, June 26th, 2016, 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 2015, we were joined by over 350 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 80 floats making the trek down Fifth Avenue, last year's March was one of the largest and most exciting in history with Grand Marshalls are British actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi. 2016 Grand Marshalls will be Jazz Jennings, Subhi Nahas, and Cecilia Chung.

June 26th, 2018, 11am-6pm
Location: Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street
PrideFest, which will be going into its 23rd year in 2016, 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, attendance is totally FREE! So be sure and round out your Pride experience with a trip to PrideFest.
Dance on the Pier - NYC Gay Pride Parade EventsThe Dance on Pier: Dance 24
June 26th, 2016, 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.

Dance on the Pier will be celebrating 30 amazing years in 2016 with newly expanded hours! It will again serve as the largest fundraiser for NYC Pride and our LGBT nonprofit grant winners. This year we are continuing to bring the biggest and best talent from around the world.
The event will once again close with the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display over the Hudson River produced by Pyro Engineering, Inc. All proceeds from the Dance on the Pier benefit New York City's Official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations.

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