5 Ways You Can Show Pride This Sunday
Sorry Violets, but as much as we’d like for it to be, June isn’t all about purple solely. It’s the most colorful time of the year aka Pride Month! This Sunday, June 24, is the annual NYC Pride March.
What began as mere police raids in 1969 in Greenwich Village resulted in an annual civil rights demonstration. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States. Since then, the country has been celebrating the last Sunday of June as Gay Pride Day, and the whole month of June as Pride Month, which also marks the month that same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States.
This Sunday is all about inclusion, empowerment and love and we want to help you sprinkle all of that and more this weekend, so here are 5 ways for you to get involved this Sunday and show off your unshackled pride!
March with NYU
This Sunday, NYU will be showcasing more than just its regal violet pride. Students, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni are all invited to participate with the NYU LGBTQ Center and NYU Langone Health to march together. Register here before Sunday. The spots fill up quickly so be sure to join the waitlist in that case!
My True Colors Festival
NYC Pride has several Pride partners which have their own organizations that host celebrations and activities and one of these is My True Colors Festival which takes place in various Brooklyn locations. The festival reflects on the lives of the LGBTQ community through theatre, film, original web series, spoken word, visual arts, dance and music. You can get the 2018 events schedule here and tickets for the different days here.
Pride Party: “Femme Fatale”
With pride comes party and Femme Fatale is basically the NYC Pride official rooftop rager for women. You’ll be dancing and drinking atop a rooftop deck with river views and many boss ass women from across the world. Get all the details and tickets here. Best part: all those drinks you’ll buy? Don’t bash your wallet for its weight loss because all proceeds from the event benefit other NYC Pride free events such as the March, PrideFest, Family Movie Night and Youth Pride among others.
Can’t make it? Attend from your screen. Donate whatever amount you please on the NYC Pride website. Donations support all the wonderful and super fun pride events that happen every year to commemorate the LGBTQ community. If you’re more specific about what you get involved with like I am, look into other organizations you can donate to for changes in LGBTQ laws, policies and attitudes. Some organizations to look into are The Transgender Law Center, True Colors Fund, InterACT, National Black Justice Fund, The Association of LGBTQ Journalists and Drag Queen Story Hour.
If you’re part of the busy lots of the city and can’t make it to the Sunday events, you can still show some post-Pride. On Wednesday, June 27, "Greetings, from Queer Mountain" — a themed comedy, prose and storytelling showcase created by Michael Foulk and Ralphie Hardesty — will be hosting LGBTQ writers, performers and artists who will be sharing their stories about perseverance, owning power and overcoming obstacles. The event will take place in the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The purpose of this show is to provide more stage time for LGBTQIA voices that tend to often be excluded from heteronormative art spaces. Plus, the event is free for all, so you really don’t have an excuse to escape this one.
If you can’t march, you can still watch as a spectator throughout the day along the parade route. The March begins at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue, walks down to Christopher Street and continues up Fifth Avenue to 29th Street. You can access the route here.
This Sunday, let’s wear some color, bash some social stigma and promote some Pride!
Written by: Maisha Kabir