How to Support Pride in NYC
“Gay pride or LGBT pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as a social group.”
Pride Day was formed to commemorate the 1969 LGBTQIA+ riots that took place after the police raided the Stonewall Inn, on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. This represented a turning point for the LGBTQIA+ community and eventually led to the official formation of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement. In the following years, public LGBTQIA+ demonstrations began taking place all over the nation, and the widespread acknowledgment of the queer community led to what we know today as Pride Day or Gay Pride Parade/March/Celebration/Festival.
Where to Celebrate Pride Month this Year
During New York City Pride multiple events are open to the public and participating in these events is a great way to support/immerse yourself in the LGBTQ+ community and movement.
All-year round: Another way to celebrate and support is to visit businesses that help & advocate for the LBBTQIA+ community.
A Family Movie Night with NYC Pride with all the proceeds benefitting Heritage of Pride / NYC Pride and other LGBTQIA+ organizations.
Looking for a little culture? The Leslie Lohman Museum in Soho collects, preserves, and exhibits visual works by LGBTQIA+ artists. They also host art commentating on LGBTQIA+ issues, themes, and people.
Interested in adventure? Keith Haring’s Murals are an essential part of New York City’s street art scene. Haring’s activism during the AIDS crisis and work honoring the LGBTQIA+ Community is widely recognized. Check out different Keith Haring Mural locations here
To check out where it all started, pay a visit to the iconic Stonewall Inn. With a functioning bar along with rainbow Jell-O shots to have fun and unwind, In the same spot of the Stonewall Riots, the Inn continues to celebrate Pride.
Are you looking for amazing food and dessert options? Look no further than Via Carota, founded by Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, for a lesbian-run kitchen in the West Village, serving mainstay Italian food.
Another amazing restaurant, Fonda NYC, run by LGBTQIA+ chef Roberto Santibañez puts out excellent Mexican food. Fonda NYC’s a must-visit with multiple Margarita options and killer Enchiladas de Mole Negro (Chicken Enchiladas covered in Oaxacan Black Mole Sauce).
Certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce New York, with locations in the West Village, Greenwich Village, Grand Central, Chelsea Market, Hudson Yards, and Industry City in Brooklyn, anyone who loves chocolate will have an enjoyable experience while supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community.
Feeling dessert? Hop on over to Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, where they’re whipping up their iconic premium soft serve in support of the LGBTQIA+ community.
This Pride Month educating ourselves on the topic, immersing ourselves in LGBTQIA+ landmarks, and supporting LGBTQIA+ businesses will offer us and the Community a meaningful, exciting, and beneficial experience. Recognizing the significance of advocating for equality is an important step in leading our society toward positivism, acceptance, and change.
Visit the NYC Pride website for more information on ways to celebrate