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NYC Celebrates Pride: Where to Honor NYC’s LGBT History

In NYC, Pride is way more than a cacophony of color marching down Fifth Avenue. For decades, certain neighborhoods within the city—Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen—have provided safer haven to those looking to live and love in accordance with their personal truth. Visit one of these places this month to celebrate our nation’s progress, and engage in critical conversations about what’s to come in the continuing fight for LGBTQ+ equality.


Stonewall National Monument

June 28, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when thousands of protestors shone a light on the NYPD’s unjust treatment of the LGBTQ+ population. While you can still visit the Stonewall Inn for music and drinks (and you should), you can also pay homage to the activists and the historical moment that started a movement by visiting the national monument across the street. Photo via @stonewallnps on Instagram


AIDS Memorial

The New York City AIDS Memorial honors the 100,000+ New Yorkers who have died of the disease, and the hundreds of thousands of family members, friends and partners who were left to carry on without these loved ones. Celebrated visual artist Jenny Holzer chose and engraved passages of Walt Whitman’s, “Song of Myself” throughout the memorial’s granite pavement. These passages highlight the hope, unity and human dignity that underlies the struggle to end AIDS. Photo via @nycaidsmemorial on Instagram


New York Public Library Pride Exhibition

The New York Public Library’s new exhibition, Love & Resistance: Stonewall at 50 highlights the critical moments before, during, and after the historic Stonewall raid and protest. The exhibition includes works by Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies—two pioneering photojournalists who captured the pivotal events of this period. Photo via @nypl on Instagram


Roosevelt Island’s FDR Four Freedoms Park

From Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 30, FDR Four Freedoms State Park will transform its monumental staircase into a massive LGBTQ Pride Flag to celebrate the universal human rights articulated in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech: freedom of speech & expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Stop by for a moment of contemplation, or join in on a group celebration on the 15th with food trucks, a book fair, and a drag queen story hour. Photo via @4freedomspark on Instagram