Tuesday, July 2, 2019. New York City – The NYC Pride March was on Sunday, June 30th, 2019. NYC Pride March is the largest LGBTQ celebration in the world. Thousands of people marched and thousands of people came to watch the march.
The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. This year, for the first time WorldPride was held in the United States of America.
NYC Pride March organizers say on their website www.NYCPride.org, “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 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.”
“Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019, held in June of 2019, is a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019, with related events in Manhattan, across New York City, New York State, and throughout the world. The 2019 festival is the first time WorldPride, the annual global LGBTQ pride event, is being held in the United States. The theme of the celebration and educational events is, “One World, One Pride, One New York City – Unite in 2019.”
The Stonewall uprising of June 1969 was a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in Greenwich Village, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, local street kids from the surrounding area, and members of the community who came from neighboring gay bars, fought back against an early morning police raid, refusing to be arrested for simply patronizing a gay bar and being out in public. The Stonewall rebellion is widely considered to be one of the most important events, and by many the most important event, leading to the gay liberation movement, and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
The events were held throughout June, which is traditionally Pride month in New York City and worldwide, under the auspices of the annual NYC Pride March. Organizers are planning for Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019 to be the largest international LGBTQ event in history, and are expecting as many as four million people to attend in Manhattan alone. Currently, the NYC Pride March rivals the São Paulo LGBTQ Pride Parade as the world’s largest LGBTQ event with over three million people.”_Wikipedia.org
“WorldPride, licensed by InterPride and organized by one of its members, is an event that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT pride) issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000. The host cities are selected by InterPride, an international association of pride coordinators, at its annual general meeting.
On October 18, 2015, InterPride accepted a bid from Heritage of Pride, Inc. to host WorldPride NYC 2019 in New York City. The event will be held in conjunction with Stonewall 50, a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising of June 28, 1969, which occurred in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood and is widely considered to mark the start of the modern Gay Rights Movement (now more commonly referred to as the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights) in the United States. As of today, many of the standard New York City Pride events have been announced for WorldPride 2019, including The March, PrideFest, Pride Island, The Rally, Femme Fatale, and Fantasy. New events have been added to commemorate Stonewall 50. Many additional themed events and tours are also in the works such as Prom the Musical which will be on Broadway in New York City’s famous Theater District. Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019 announced their theme, One World, One Pride, One New York City – Unite in 2019.”_Wikipedia.org
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