Held the final Sunday in June yearly, New York Pleasure is the most important and most fun LGBTQ+ celebration on the earth. Yearly, about 2 million folks of all sexual preferences, genders, colours, ages, talents, and orientations descend on the town. Throughout World Pleasure in 2019, greater than 5 million folks attended. Whether or not you might be LGBTQ+ or not, New York Pleasure is an expertise everybody ought to have not less than as soon as of their lifetime.

Collectively, we’ve attended each New York Pleasure since 1998 (Sue’s first NYC Homosexual Pleasure was in 1980). Over the a long time, we’ve discovered quite a lot of tips. Whether or not you’re a first-timer or a seasoned attendee, the following pointers (in no specific order) will allow you to benefit from your time at New York Pleasure.

Stonewall Inn

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1. The Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall is the place all of it started. In 1969, the Stonewall Inn was raided by the police. The patrons — principally working-class, folks of shade, transwomen and males, and lesbians (drag queens and butch lesbians within the language of the time) — fought again. The Stonewall Revolt sparked the trendy LGBTQ+ rights motion.

The primary Homosexual Pleasure March was held in New York Metropolis a 12 months later. A decade later, the Village and Chelsea turned the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic and AIDS activism within the early Nineteen Eighties and ‘90s. If you are within the metropolis to rejoice, take a second to honor those who got here earlier than — cease by the Stonewall Inn, the Homosexual Liberation Monument throughout the road, and the NYC AIDs Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle a number of blocks away.

Regina and Sue on the Dyke March

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2. June Is LGBTQ+ Pleasure Month

NYC Pleasure is not only the final Sunday in June in Chelsea and the Village. There’s a entire month of occasions happening all around the metropolis. The Lesbian, Homosexual, Bisexual & Transgender Group Middle on thirteenth Avenue serves as a hub for LGBTQ+ assets, packages, and occasions. Examine their calendar for workshops, discussions, and performances occurring throughout Pleasure Month. Broaden your horizons and meet new folks at Pleasure Island, Youth Pleasure, the Dyke March, NEWFEST, and so many extra occasions.

3. Plan Forward

New York Pleasure is huge. There may be a lot to do and see that it may be overwhelming. Planning is vital. Occasions are unfold out across the metropolis. If you wish to go to the dances and rooftop events, and a few of the different (non-free) occasions, you’ll want to purchase your tickets early. You’ll discover the record of occasions on NYC Pleasure. We additionally advise reserving your lodge rooms or brunch/lunch/dinner spots prematurely. 

New York Pleasure crowds

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4. Do Not Drive Into New York

Mass transit is the best way to go for NYC Pleasure for a number of causes. First, you start to soak within the ambiance earlier than you even arrive. Trains and subways will likely be full of folks dressed and able to rejoice. You’ll get within the spirit earlier than you even arrive in New York. Coming in by automotive will put you in a visitors jam and the hunt for parking. It’s costly and won’t have you ever arriving in a celebratory temper.

New York Pleasure March

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5. The New York Pleasure March

Did we are saying arrive early? Arrive early. If you wish to snag a great place alongside the parade route, arrive at 9 a.m. and even earlier for a main location. The NYC Pleasure March begins at midday and goes on for hours, so that you’ll want to determine the place the closest public toilet is and convey some snacks. Some folks line the parade route with chairs, umbrellas, and coolers with drinks.

Years in the past, you may determine to march as a person on the morning of Pleasure. This isn’t true anymore. If you wish to march in New York Pleasure, it’s essential to be part of a registered group. There are tons of of registered teams or you possibly can create your personal. For assist becoming a member of a bunch, you possibly can contact New York Pleasure (march-help@nycpride.org).

Homosexual Liberation Monument

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6. The Dyke March And The Queer Liberation March

Whereas the New York Pleasure March is seen because the “essential occasion,” there are different marches that happen on that weekend. Yearly, the Dyke March takes place on the Saturday night earlier than the New York Pleasure March. The Dyke March is a protest. You gained’t discover any corporate-sponsored teams on the Dyke March. It’s a raucous occasion that begins at 5 p.m. in Bryant Park and goes all the way down to Washington Sq. Park. We attempt to attend yearly. Anybody can present up and march. It welcomes all folks that establish as dykes no matter gender, sexual orientation, race, age, political affiliation, faith, potential, immigration, standing, and extra.

Just like the Dyke March, in that it isn’t corporate-sponsored and is extra politically targeted, the Queer Liberation March is a protest that begins at Foley Sq. on the afternoon of the final Sunday in June. The March started in 2019 and attracts hundreds of individuals.

7. PrideFest

PrideFest, the LGBTQ+ road truthful, has performances, meals, actions, and many cubicles (LGBTQ+ organizations, native companies, and far more). It’s a enjoyable occasion with quite a lot of freebies and data handed out. We prefer to get to PrideFest at 11 a.m. (proper when it opens) earlier than it will get insanely crowded. After PrideFest, we go to a brunch spot to observe the march.

8. Eating places And Bars Alongside The Route

The route begins at twenty fifth and fifth Avenue, goes down fifth Avenue to eighth Avenue, throughout eighth Avenue to Christopher Avenue, passing Stonewall alongside the best way, after which up seventh Avenue to sixteenth Avenue. One method to watch the march in consolation is to have lunch or brunch at any of the eating places or LGBTQ+ institutions close to the parade route. You’ll have meals and drinks, entry to bogs, and a very good view. Our favourite spot is Rasa for scrumptious Malaysian meals. The parade goes proper by the restaurant on eighth Avenue.

New York Pleasure performers’ rehearsal

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9. Sunscreen, Water, Snacks, And Snug Sneakers

June in New York Metropolis will be extremely popular and sunny. Wanting fabulous is necessary. Sunscreen will defend you from the dangerous results of being within the Solar all day. All alcohol and no water (or no alcohol and no water) doesn’t make for a enjoyable expertise. Convey water with you or count on to pay exorbitant costs for a small bottle. Since you might be prone to be in your toes all day and dancing the evening away, smart sneakers are suggested. Your toes will thanks.

10. LGBTQ+ Owned Companies And Neighborhoods

June is a good month to help LGBTQ+ companies and organizations and to expertise Pleasure within the many various neighborhoods that make up New York Metropolis. Go uptown to Harlem or Hell’s Kitchen, or take the ferry to Governor’s Island or Staten Island. Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens supply many prospects. Eat at one of many LGBTQ+ owned eating places, cafés, and ice cream parlors within the metropolis. 

11. NewFest, The Queer Movie Pageant

Showcasing quite a few LGBTQ+ award-winning movies, narrative options, and shorts, the annual NewFest usually premieres documentaries made by queer filmmakers all over the world. Hold round after the screening for conversations with the administrators.

“It’s Simply Love” on the sidewalk

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12. Keep Secure

Whereas New York is mostly a protected metropolis, it’s important to be aware of your pockets and environment throughout Pleasure celebrations, notably as you might be celebrating. Follow well-lit and crowded areas and keep conscious of your belongings. Take into account touring with a pal or group for added safety and help.

New York Pleasure, the Dyke March, and the Queer Liberation March are three of our favourite occasions of the 12 months. We hook up with the historical past of the combat for LGBTQ+ rights, rejoice the advances we’ve made, and achieve inspiration for the battles forward. New York Pleasure is a enjoyable and purposeful expertise for all, particularly at a time when LGBTQ+ and trans rights are below assault.