BY MATT TRACY
Community News Group
The city’s month-long celebration of WorldPride festivities continues through the end of June and culminates with the annual Pride March on June 30. There are numerous other events to check out during the week and into the weekend leading up to the final Sunday of the month, from family movie nights to the Dyke March and rooftop receptions.
Below, see a wide range of LGBTQ-related events to attend between June 21 and June 30.
Chelsea Challenge Hockey Tournament
When: Fri., Jun. 21–Sun., Jun. 23
Where: Sky Rink at 61 Chelsea Piers and RWJ Barnabas Ice House at Prudential Center at 25 Lafayette St. in Newark.
The New York City Gay Hockey Association is hosting the 19th Chelsea Challenge — an international adult LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly ice hockey tournament at Chelsea Piers and the Prudential Center. Games start on Friday evening. Find out more at nycgha.org/cc.
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Family Movie Night
When: Fri., Jun. 21, 6:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
Where: Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 at W. 10th St.
Family movie night will feature “Coco,” Disney/ Pixar’s tale of a young musician, Miguel, who heads to the land of his ancestors — and then meets a friend who helps him find out about his family’s stories and traditions. Everyone in the family is invited — and it’s free! Find out more at tinyurl.com/y32jm4qt.
1 Bronx Pride March and Festival
When: Sun., Jun. 23
Where: There will be a rally and march at 161st St. and Grand Concourse followed by a festival at 149th St. and Third Ave.
The Bronx celebrates WorldPride on Jun. 23 at the 1 Bronx Pride Festival after the march. Honey Davenport of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and actor/ model Chavis Aron will be present along with other performers. Find out more at tinyurl.com/y2y59hbs.
Folsom Street East
When: Sun., Jun. 23, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: 27th St. and 10th Ave.
Head to the Folsom Street East Street Festival to celebrate S.L.U.T.S. (Sex, Love, Unity, Trust, and Safety) in your favorite leather, fetish, or kinky gear. The festival will close out NYC Fetish Weekend and proceeds will go to the New York City Anti-Violence Project and the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Learn more information at tinyurl.com/y2okosng.
The Garden Party
When: Mon., Jun. 24, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Where: Pier 97 at Hudson River Park at W. 59th St.
The LGBT Community Center is partnering with restaurants and chiefs at Garden Party to help kick off WorldPride. Eat food and dance while the sun sets at this official WorldPride event. Proceeds support The Center. Visit gaycenter.org/gardenparty to find out more information.
When: Mon., Jun. 24, 8 p.m.
Where: Mood Ring at 1260 Myrtle Ave., btwn. Hart & Cedar Sts., Bushwick
This free spotlight on black queer comedians, hosted by Solange Azor, Walter Kelly, and Mila Myles, is a perfect way to kick off the busiest Pride week of the year.
Coming Out: Youth Discussion
When: Wed., Jun. 26, 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Queens LGBT Center at 37-18 Northern Blvd., Suite 107, Long Island City
Join the Queens LGBT Center for a discussion on celebrating Pride, navigating the coming out process, and understanding safety and acceptance. This event is for all LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 21. Pizza and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/y2b35mp5.
WorldPride Opening Ceremony
When: Wed., June 26 at 7 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
The Stonewall 50 celebration starts with a giant benefit concert, emceed by Whoopi Goldberg, and featuring performances by Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Ciara, Todrick Hall, and more. The show benefits the Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality, and SAGE, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders. Buy tickets at tinyurl.com/y4sqm95b.
WorldPride Trans Equality Rooftop Reception
When: Thurs., June 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Rooftop93 Bar & Lounge, 93 Bowery near Hester St., 18th fl.
The National Center for Transgender Equality and the NCTE Action Fund is hosting a special trans equality rooftop celebration featuring an open bar. The event presents an opportunity for folks to socialize with leaders in the movement. NCTE’s executive director, Mara Keisling, will deliver remarks. Find out more and buy tickets at tinyurl.com/yxth3e82.
When: Thu., Jun. 27-Sat., Jun. 29
Where: Thursday’s event takes place at 3 Dollar Bill at 260 Meserole St., btwn. Bushwick Pl. and Waterbury Sts., Williamsburg.
Three days of Solidarity Pride events kick off at this erotic gay dance party. Hustlaball will feature DJs Steven Redant, Chris Bekke, and Justin Dawson. Plus, there will be a vintage analog sound system and state-of-the-art bespoke lights. Festivities continue throughout the weekend. D3 Diesel will be on Friday, while Underworld Afterhours and Brut will headline festivities on Saturday. Buy weekend passes or individual event tickets at solidaritypride.com.
Stonewall 50 Commemoration
When: Fri., Jun. 28, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Where: Christopher St. and Waverly Pl.
Community activists, organizers, politicians, and others will join forces 50 years after 500 people gathered at Washington Square Park for a Gay Power demonstration. This event is free and open to the public.
Pride Soup! Queer on the Pier
When: Fri., Jun. 28, 9 p.m.
Where: Watermark Bar at 78 South St., Pier 15
The “queerest party of the year” features 2,000 LGBTQ folks in attendance to celebrate WorldPride. Gender capitalist, model, and actor Rain Dove Devin-Norelle host performers Nina Sky and Laith Ashley, with DJ Amber Valentine, DJ MaryMac, and DJ AVG JO-NYC also on hand. Buy tickets at tinyurl.com/y4br49oq.
Mr. Noir WorldPride Edition
When: Fri., Jun. 28, 11 p.m.
Where: Boxers Hells Kitchen, 742 Ninth Ave. at W. 50th St.
Get ready for a fun night of hip hop, R&B, reggae, soca, Afrobeat, and house music on two different levels at Boxers Hell’s Kitchen. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at tinyurl.com/y5w7t9gf.
When: Sat., Jun. 29 from noon–6 p.m.
Where: 12th Ave. at W. 135th St.
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Harlem Pride during the main event of the month-long festivities that make up Harlem Pride in June. There will be two stages and live entertainment for this free, family-friendly afternoon.
When: Sat., June 29th at 5 p.m.
Where: Bryant Park
Since 1993, the annual Dyke March has highlighted lesbian rights and has served as a demonstration of the First Amendment right to protest. It does not allow permits or sponsors. Those who identify as dykes are welcome to march, while allies are asked to support from sidewalks or at the end of the march at Washington Square Park. The march steps off at Brant Park and proceeds down Fifth Ave. to Washington Square Park. Learn more at nycdykemarch.com.
Queer Liberation March
When: Sun., Jun. 30, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Sheridan Square
The Queer Liberation March highlights marginalized people in the LGBTQ community to honor the Stonewall Rebellion and retraces the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March of 1970. The march, which allows no corporate floats or police officers, steps off from Sheridan Square at 9:30 a.m., proceeds up Sixth Avenue, and concludes at Central Park’s Great Lawn at W. 85th St. at 1 p.m. Supporters can join the march at the midpoint gathering at Bryant Park at 11 a.m. Small buses and wheelchairs will be provided for those who need assistance, and other accessibility services will be available. Contact [email protected] for access needs. Find out more at reclaimpridenyc.org. Folks are welcome to join the march at any time and pre-registration is not required.
Where: 26th St. and Fifth Ave.
The bigger annual Pride March is transformed into a special international edition this year as New York plays host to WorldPride. Grand marshals this year will be the cast of “Pose,” UK Black Pride leader Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the Gay Liberation Front, the Trevor Project, and Trans Flag creator Monica Helms. The march will step off at 26th St. and Fifth Ave., shift west on Eighth and Christopher Sts. past the Stonewall Inn, then move north on Seventh Avenue to the dispersal area.