Though small LGBTQ+ communities had sprung up across New York City by the late 1960s, queer people still faced oppression and discrimination at the hands of both civilians and law enforcement. Police regularly raided bars and establishments that catered to the community to enforce sodomy laws and uphold the city's moral code. After years of struggle and on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, the modern Gay Rights Movement began with the Stonewall Uprising. The community refused to continue to suffer in silence and two nights of demonstrations and riots followed a police raid on Greenwich Village's own Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969.
The first Pride March was held on the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. The Pride March is always an exceptionally happy and joyful celebration of the LGBTQ+ movement and community; however, it is also of significant national and international importance as an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognizing the fight against AIDS and remembering those we have lost to illness, violence, and neglect.
There are countless favorite moments from marches that have passed through our neighborhood; our photos capture some of our favorites from our West 8th Street vantage point. Share yours with us, and we will add them to our gallery!
Sunday, June 27
Live Broadcast: 12:00pm to 3:00pm ET
NYC Pride announces the official theme for 2021, "The Fight Continues," as the kick-off to this year's events and programming.
The Grand Marshals to lead this year's March are actor Wilson Cruz, the advocates and lawyers Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, activist and performer Ceyenne Doroshow, the model Aaron Rose Philip and the HIV activist physician, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis. The NYC Pride March broadcast special will return for its fifth consecutive year. Featuring live performances, on-air interviews, and exciting street-side marching activity, the broadcast will air on ABC-7 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET on Sunday, June 27 as well on ABC7NY.com and ABC7 New York's Connected TV Apps on streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
All in-person elements will be produced in accordance with the most current guidelines for public events in the city. Visit their website for more information.
Join a Pride Tour
Pride Tours NYC is an Official Partner of NYC Pride, telling the story of one of the most significant events in the LGBT movement, the Stonewall Uprising. This inspirational tour gives you a historical insight into the beginning of this human rights movement and the brave people who have fought for their rights to openly be who they are. Secure your spots now!
Sunday, Jun 27
11 am – 6 pm
Going into its 27th year, PrideFest is thrilled to be BACK for its annual LGBTQIA+ street fair that combines exhibitors, entertainers, food, and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. Register here and stop by at the perfect place to listen to a few tunes, grab a bite to eat, or score some great Pride gear. Make sure you go through all their COVID-19 protocols to keep PrideFest a space for all. Not ready to be back in person? Celebrate virtually at MarketFest! MarketFest is NYC Pride's FREE virtual Vendor Directory focused on amplifying LGBTQIA+ small businesses.
Friday, June 25, 2021
6:00 pm EST
Digital event RALLYING the LGBTQIA+ community together to advocate for change! Join community activists, organizers, artists, and more for a historic virtual RALLY on Friday, June 25, from 6 pm on NYC Pride's Facebook and YouTube! This nontraditional RALLY event comes at a time when the conversation, education, and activism are needed most. Join hosts Hope Giselle and Brandon Wolf and activists from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum as we RALLY together to stand against violence towards our community. Make your voice heard in this historic re-imagined Rally experience. Visit their website for more information about the event.
Sat, June 26, 2021
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
NYC Pride is excited to bring back Youth Pride, a celebration of and for LGBTQIA+ and ally teens, as a virtual gathering in 2021. For this year's experience, NYC Pride has partnered with youth-focused LGBT centers, organizations, and programs nationwide to present the iconic annual Youth Pride virtual event. Register for the event now!
Don't miss anything! Stonewall50 Consortium's calendar lists a lot of LGBT events that you can easily access virtually.