NYC & Company, the city’s official marketing and tourism organization, has teamed up with Heritage of Pride, Inc. to bring this year’s Gay Pride Celebration to New York City. This year’s theme is “Liberty and Justice For All’, which is very fitting as the celebration is an annual commemoration of the Stonewall Riots that took place in 1969. The riots marked the first time in history that the Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) community took a stand against the government-sponsored persecution of sexual minorities. The celebration will spotlight New York City as “one of the world’s most welcoming and inclusive LGBT destinations”.
Though the festivities began with the Rally at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield on June 19th, the kickoff celebration takes place on Wednesday, June 23rd, and will feature a performance by Pandora Boxx. The week-long celebration will continue with daily events including PRIDE RIDE 2010, an AIDS Candlelight Vigil, Dance on the Pier ad many more. A complete list of the activities can be found on the NYC Pride website.
“This year’s theme ‘Liberty and Justice for All’ perfectly characterizes New York City, a place that embraces every walk of life and celebrates diversity,” said Chris Fredrick, managing director of Heritage of Pride. “We encourage people from around the world—LGBT and otherwise—to take part in this historic celebration.”
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