Last year for Pride, instead of waving resistance flags and dancing in the streets, we stayed at home, hidden behind masks and unsure of when we could be together again. For older generations of LGBTQ people, it brought back shockwaves reminiscent of the frightening early days of the AIDS epidemic, when gays had to look after each other when no one else, including the government. , would not.
The mood of Pride is generally bright and cheerful, but its origins are anything but. It commemorates a riot in which gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans fought back a violent police raid on Stonewall Bar late on the night of June 28, 1969. At the time, raids on the few gay clubs that existed were commonplace and anti-gay laws were in effect from coast to coast. The clashes continued for several more days with a growing and fierce crowd.
The powerful six-part docu series Pride, streaming on Hulu, shows the impact of the riots as it chronicles the struggle for LGBTQ civil rights in America from the 1950s to the present day. Here is the trailer.
Over the years, Pride has grown in size. Over 5 million people in New York City celebrated Stonewall’s 50th anniversary in 2019. That year, around 150,000 people marched with 700 groups in a parade through the streets of Manhattan that lasted 12 hours. Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of global events that were scheduled for 2020.
The good news in 2021 is that vaccination rates are changing faster than imagined, with half of Americans who have received at least one dose. It’s a bright spot in what has been a dark time, but it’s coming a bit too late for event planners who need months to plan the festivities. That means there will be little in-person activity this month for the millions of people recently vaccinated with pent-up queer energy to overflow.
This year, there is still some uncertainty with the ongoing pandemic over who can and cannot get out. Luckily, there are a lot of amazing things happening online that you don’t have to go outside to experience. “We have something for everyone,” said Dan Dimant, who has become media director for Pride of New York last September after serving for years as a volunteer. “Everything is listed on nycpride.org. There are events for young people, for families, for food lovers, for moviegoers. We have tried to reach out to a range of different interests and segments of our community.
Here’s a taste of the glitz, glamor, and online glory planned for what will hopefully be the final pandemic Pride. Most events are free.
The launch of LA Pride is free “Prosper with pride” concert with pop sensation Charli XCX and promising LGBTQ artists. Performances will be presented and streamed live exclusively on TikTok, making it easy for you to have fun from your phone. For programming updates, visit Pride website. LA Pride also suggests that you follow @tiktokforgood for updates.
I have been a world famous fan New York Gay Men’s Choir and Youth Pride Choir for years, therefore, I have been excited about the premiere of their new video “Outside Voice”, about the experiences of young homosexuals. It will be followed by a panel discussion with composer Julian Hornik and artistic director Gavin Thrasher. You can watch live at 8 p.m. ET on their YouTube channel.
Pride of New York will present its fourth edition Human Rights Conference From June 21 to 23. This year’s conference will feature a series of interactive masterclasses with transformative experts in queer activism, fashion, culture and history sharing their perspectives with guests in live seminars. You can register for the Masterclass here. Tickets cost around $ 5.
The symposium will offer free open mainstage conversations on a wide range of topics designed to connect communities, including trans empowerment, mental health and wellness, and collective power for people of color. You can register for free discussions on Mainstage here.
Pride of New York Youth, a celebration of and for LGBTQ teens and allies, is back as a virtual gathering. For this year’s experience, NYC Pride has partnered with youth-focused centers, organizations and programs nationwide to present the annual Youth Pride virtual event.
You can register for the free event here.