Wednesday, June 3, 2020

NYC Pride Announces A Virtual Rally

NYC Pride Announces A Virtual Rally

Hosted by Ashlee Marie Preston and Brian Michael Smith

Streamed live via Facebook & YouTube, Friday, June 26

NEW YORK, NY, June 3, 2020 — NYC Pride, the organization responsible for executing LGBTQIA+ events in New York City in the month of June, announces plans for a virtual Rally on Friday, June 26, 2020, from 5pm to 8pm EDT. Streamed simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube, the event will be hosted by Ashlee Marie Preston and Brian Michael Smith. Speakers include Ceyenne Doroshow, Annie Segarra, Edafe Okporo, Leandro E. Rodriguez Ramos and many more.

“I’m beyond excited to co-host the digital rally with NYC Pride this year,” said Ashlee Marie Preston. “The current socio-political climate around LGBTQ rights is similar to that of the 1960s; but our commitment to shattering systemic barriers that impede our ability to thrive is exactly the same as it was for our foremothers—Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Poisonous policies, patriarchal power, nor the pandemonium of a pandemic will thwart our progress. I’m constantly reminded by the indomitable Miss Major Griffin-Gracy that after the dust settles, we will still be here!”

Preston is the first trans woman to become Editor in Chief of a national publication and the first openly trans person to run for state office in California. Ashlee Marie was named one of The Root 100's "Most Influential African Americans of 2017", profiled as one of LOGO/NewNowNext’s 30 Most Influential LGBTQ Influencers of 2017 & 2018, PopSugar's top 40 LGBTQ's of 2017 and OUT Magazine’s OUT100 of 2018. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Ashlee Marie launched in support of grassroots organizations all across the country, serving vulnerable communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

“Visibility is also a form of activism,” said Brian Michael Smith. “For so many people just living in your truth and stepping outside takes courage; that is a protest in and of itself. I am proud to co-host the NYC Pride Rally with Ashlee Marie Preston and I know that though we can’t be together in person, we are reaching people who may see themselves in us. I hope to provide a space of comfort at a time when we need to be there for one another.”

Smith, originally hailing from Michigan, is an LGBTQIA+ advocate, coming out as transgender in 2017 after successfully working in the industry for five years. In December 2019, Smith joined Showtime’s drama series “The L Word: Generation Q” cast, the highly anticipated follow-up series. Soon after, in January 2020, Smith premiered in Ryan Murphy’s Fox series “9-1-1 LONE STAR” starring Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler. The series is a Texas spinoff of the hit series “9-1-1.” Smith plays ‘Paul Strickland,’ a transgender male firefighter with a gift for observation worthy of Sherlock Holmes. He becomes one of just a handful of trans and non-binary regulars on broadcast TV.

“Stories of intersectionality have always been important stories to tell. As a gay, Puerto Rican, cisgender man I try to remain aware of both my privilege and what society has put in place as barriers in my life,” said NYC Pride Interim Executive Director David A. Correa. “It is important to stand in solidarity with the people in our communities that need us most. The Rally has long been a safe space for disenfranchised voices to be heard and that will continue to be the case in 2020. NYC Pride stands with Black Lives Matter, and will give focus to the needs of our black and brown brothers and sisters; honoring the lives of those lost to police violence.”

Partners GLAAD and The National LGBTQ Task Force will speak of the importance of LGBTQIA+ participation in the CENSUS and registering to vote in such a pivotal year.

GLAAD recently launched an action center for voter registration and pledged to show up on Election Day. “Every Pride month we remember that the revolutionary riots at Stonewall in 1969 were spearheaded by many LGBTQ people of color, and that none of the progress made for the acceptance and equality of LGBTQ people over the past 51 years would be possible if not for the action and courage of those protestors,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As our community joins together this Pride month to fight back against racism, systemic injustice, anti-LGBTQ discrimination, and police brutality, we must continue the mobilization and momentum leading up to Election Day. This election will determine the future for LGBTQ Americans and other marginalized communities, and we all need to ensure our friends, families, and colleagues vote with the knowledge of all that is at stake.”

“The Census helps LGBTQ communities access billions in federal funding for social programs, helps us build political power, and helps us enforce civil rights protections. While the Census doesn’t ask questions about sexual orientation or gender identity, it’s still vital for us to be counted,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. “Filling out the Census is a critical component in building our collective power to fight for our rights – including the right to be fully represented in the Census count. Like other marginalized communities, LGBTQ people have historically been undercounted on the Census. The ‘Queer the Census’ campaign is working to change that, so that our community can access the things it needs most – dollars, democracy, and justice.”

The first Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park, 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. In its new form, the Rally will also lean on the power of social media to engage with the community starting at 7pm EDT. Follow @NYCPRIDE on Instagram and Twitter to continue the conversation with Jillian Mercado from “The L Word: Generation Q” and others.

“This event will serve as a call to action at a point in our history where the future is dependent on effecting change,” said Matthew Kovalsky, NYC Pride Rally Director. “I am in awe of our community, and how quickly we came together. This year’s Rally will be unique, engaging and powerful thanks to the leaders, activists and performers who will be joining us.”

The event will also feature performances by Michael Blume and more.

Registration for the Rally is now available on EventBrite:

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

World Pride March - New York City - June 30, 2019

Enjoy these 100 fabulous photos by the Baadlamb!

The cast of POSE

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Stonewall Forever

Stonewall Forvever

From The Center

In celebration of WorldPride and Stonewall 50, The Center has launched Stonewall Forever, a first-of-its-kind digital national monument, supported by and in partnership with the National Park Service, to help the world connect with LGBTQ history. The digital monument springboards on the momentum created by President Barack Obama’s federal dedication of the Stonewall National Monument in 2016.

Stonewall Forever’s primary goal is to illuminate stories historically excluded from the narrative of queer history, particularly voices from the TGNC community, young people and people of color. It includes a short documentary, directed by Ro Haber, along with an archival digital monument experience that features oral histories, photographs and other content allowing the entire world to experience Stonewall, no matter their location. A free app is also available for download to provide an immersive augmented reality experience when in Christopher Street Park.

Through the website and the app, anyone across the globe can add their own photo and a message to become part of the monument that will live on indefinitely. Check it out and add your piece to the monument today; don’t forget to share it on your social media platforms with #StonewallForever!

Happy Pride,

Glennda Testone

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

NYC Pride Announces Barclays Center for WorldPride Opening Ceremony

Whoopi Goldberg to host; Cyndi Lauper, Ciara, Todrick Hall and more to perform during NYC Pride’s Benefit Concert for Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality, and SAGE

NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 05, 2019 – NYC Pride, the host of WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50, formally unveiled today the location and initial talent line-up of the official Opening Ceremony of WorldPride. The Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7-10pm Ceremony will be formatted as a benefit concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Proceeds from the ticket sales to this historic concert event will support Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality, and SAGE – three leading organizations in the LGBTQIA+ movement based in New York City. 

Prolific entertainer and internationally-recognized humanitarianWhoopi Goldberg, will host the ceremony, featuring a growing medley of acclaimed speakers and performers. Cyndi Lauper, iconic performer for the LQBTQIA+ community and New Yorkers alike, leads the initial release of the talent line-up.

A decorated actress, comedian, author and television personality, Whoopi Goldberg is among a very elite group of artists who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT), along with a Golden Globe. Although born and raised in New York City, she performed in San Diego and the Bay Area with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre troupe, where she created the characters that became “The Spook Show,” later evolving into her hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and the HBO special that helped launch her career.

“I’ve been a longtime advocate of the LGBTQIA+ community and this year marks a pivotal moment within our storied history and fight for equality,” said Goldberg. “Hosting a WorldPride event is an absolute honor and I am delighted be a part of the Opening Ceremony in June.”

Cyndi Lauper is a groundbreaking Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning artist with global record sales in excess of 50 million. Her unmistakable voice, influential style,and infectious performances have catapulted her to stardom from her roots in Queens. Tireless in her advocacy work, she’s a lifelong activist who champions the underdog – especially women, people living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQIA+ community.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the WorldPride Opening Ceremony,” said Lauper. “I can’t wait to celebrate with my LGBTQIA+ friends and family from across the world.”

Ciara, a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, model and actress has sold more than 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide, including chart-topping hits Goodies,” “Ride,” “Oh,” “1, 2 Step,” Body Party,” and “I Bet.” Todrick Hall is a multi-talented singer, rapper, actor, director, choreographer, and YouTube personality who rose to prominence on American Idol

“In celebration of WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50, NYC Pride is dedicated to broadening its commitment to serving the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Chris Frederick, Executive Director of NYC Pride, “Every ticket sold to this 10,000-seat event is supporting some of the best service and advocacy work being done in our community by Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality and SAGE.” 

The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive agency dedicated to LGBTQhomeless youths—assisting nearly 1,800 young people per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center, which provides over 65,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered-site housing program.

SAGE is the world's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people. Founded in 1978, and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is an organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers.

Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQimmigrant rights organization, representing and advocating for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.

Tickets for the WorldPride Opening Ceremony will go on sale April 12that 10:00am EST at

Additional talent announcements will be released in the upcoming weeks ahead. 

WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50 will be comprised of more than25 different events for LGBTQIA+ and allied people during the full month of June, 2019. Throughout the course of the celebration, all WorldPride events will ladder up to the foundational theme, “Millions of Moments of Pride.” Join New York City, and the world, this June as we honor the past, celebrate our differences and march together for our future. For more information and talent press kits visit:

Media Contacts: 
Eboni Munn | Communications Manager                                                                     | (212) 807-6424 

Heritage of Pride, Inc. is the volunteer-directed organization behind the official NYC Pride roster of events. Heritage of Pride’s mission is to work toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing LGBTQIA+ Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Skirball Talks: Beyond Stonewall

Skirball Talks: Beyond Stonewall LINK

Stonewall at 50/Skirball Talks
Monday February 11, 2019 6:30pm Free

“Theatre teaches us who we are…” Terrence McNally

Join renowned, award-winning playwrights who have broken new ground across generations as artists and activists. The characters and stories they have brought to the stage have illuminated the lives of the LGBTQ+ community at home, in the street, in court, in the halls of power, and in the public square–amplifying our humanity and transforming American and global culture.

Larry Kramer,playwright, author, film producer, public health advocate
Matthew Lopez, playwright
Terrence McNally, playwright, librettist, screenwriter
Lucy Thurber, playwright, librettist

Moderated by Tom Kirdahy (WSC ‘85, LAW ‘88), activist lawyer and theater producer
Held weekly every Monday at 6:30pm during the academic terms,  Skirball Talks hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Limit 1 RSVP per person. RSVP does not guarantee a ticket. You can begin picking up tickets at the NYU Box Office (566 LaGuardia Pl) 2 hours prior to event. Tickets must be claimed by 6:10 pm. Unclaimed tickets may be released to those on the standby line. Even if you have picked up a ticket, please be aware that if you are not seated in the theater by 6:20pm, we will open seating to those on the standby line.

The Skirball Talks series is made possible in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

First Snowfall!

The first snow of the season has arrived gently. 

Stuyvesant Square earlier today.

(Photo by the Baadlamb)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Robert Sorrell - Jeweler To The Queens Of The Imperial Court

Have you ever wondered where those queens get their gorgeous bling?  I loved meeting and interviewing Robert Sorrell. I hope you'll enjoy reading his story. He is a native New Yorker and 100% pure NYC Gay. Out today on SFGN.

Monday, June 26, 2017

NYC Pride March 2017 - Corner of Gay Street and Christopher Street

This year, it wasn't just banks, bars and boys.  It was RESIST! It was edifying to see so many young people - gay and straight - turn out to tell Trump where to get off.