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NYC Pride March changes route

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This year’s NYC Pride March also undergoes a change to its iconic route along 5th Avenue. The route proceeds through the West Village and Midtown, passing by the historic Stonewall Inn, and ends on 29th and 5th Avenue.

This route also aims to reduce the overall time of the March procession, and reduce wait times for the more than 350 marching groups prepared to step off.

“This year’s selection of Grand Marshals, bring forth the very essence of what it means to be “Defiantly Different” in social and political unrest,” Julian Sanjivan, NYC Pride March Director. “King, Lambda Legal, Ford, and Placide are defiantly brave, defiantly unique, and defiantly a share of our wondrous LGBTQ+ community.”


Billie Jean King
A sports icon and a champion for social change and equality.

Lambda Legal
The oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve the full recognition of the civil rights of multiple communities.

Tyler Ford
An award-winning agender advocate, writer, and speaker.

Kenita Placide
OutRight Action International’s Caribbean-based Advisor and the Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE).

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Kylie Minogue, Corey Craig, Sasha Velour and many more headline stellar line up for NYC Pride.

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NYC Pride’s Pride Island is back this year featuring top performances by Kylie Minogue, Tove Lo, Lizzo, and Big Freedia from Saturday, June 23 to Sunday, June 24, 2018 at a new location - Pier 97.

“As we prepare to welcome a record number of attendees for Stonewall 50 / WorldPride 2019 NYC, our move to our new home on Pier 97 is just one of several new venues, new events, and new experiences we will launch in 2018 to prepare for next year’s massive crowd," said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride.

Swedish pop star, Tove Lo, headlines the first day of Pride Island on Saturday. Tove Lo’s effortless steering between the worlds of love and sex on her second album Lady Wood, is sure to put fans on an emotional vibe. With hits spanning the Billboard charts like, “True Disaster,” “Talking Body,” and “Habits (Stay High),” Tove Lo’s raw and honest musical style brings fans on a journey.

Known as the “Queen of Bounce,” Big Freedia is a staple in New Orleans’ energetic style. Commonly recognized as one of the infectious voices on Beyoncé’s infamous 2015 single, “Formation,” Freedia is sure to get those bodies moving. DJ Dawson will spin the best mixes in house music while Big Freedia takes spectators south to the “Big Easy.” Additionally, the Saturday edition of Pride Island welcomes a live performance from the “hair toss, check my nails,” rising star, Lizzo. Hailing from Detroit, MI and relocating to Minneapolis, MN, Lizzo’s sound is a fusion of soul, pop, hip hop, rock, and gospel. With breakout hits “Good As Hell” and “Truth Hurts,” she’ll bring her soulful sounds to the Pride Island stage.

Defected Records founder and prolific music man, Simon Dunmore, will play a special set for an NYC Pride first. Also, not to be missed, is a performance by winner of season nine of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Sasha Velour.

On Sunday, pop superstar, Kylie Minogue, takes center stage on the closing night of Pride Island. Known as the “Goddess of Pop,” Minogue’s extensive discography includes “Spinning Around,” “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” and “All The Lovers,” to name a few of her hits. Minogue’s infectious dance-pop lyrics make her world tours wildly successful. Her highly anticipated fourteenth studio album, Golden, will be released on April 6. “Dancing,” the critically acclaimed lead single, is a welcoming addition to Minogue’s enthralling catalogue. Additionally, Grind, Ralphi Rosario, and Corey Craig will DJ live on the last day of Pride Island.

“With the success of last year’s Pride Island, we are thrilled to bring back our music festival in a two-day format,” said Jose Ramos, Pride Island Director. “Kylie Minogue, Tove Lo, Lizzo, and Big Freedia are perfect examples of the evolution of Dance on the Pier.”

Tickets for Pride Island go on sale at noon on Thursday, March 1st at is a platinum media partner of NYC Pride.

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NYC Pride announces 2018 theme

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NYC Pride has announced it's theme for the 2018 season.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us: Poems

This year's theme celebrates the rallying cry of generations who laid the groundwork for equality, the next wave of creative thinkers prepared to score their own trails, and each distinctive individual in between.


“Defiantly Different” speaks to the breadth of the LGBTQ+ community as a unified people and our tenacious individuality.

“This year’s theme is about showing our power, squaring our shoulders in the face of adversity, and continuing to sculpt that magnetic bond within the LGBTQ+ community and our allies,” said David Studinski, NYC Pride Co-Chair. “The corresponding creative showcases a wide selection of defiantly different community members - from performance artists to mental health advocates. We are standing defiantly – defiantly different and defiantly as one.”

Photographed by portrait photographer, Danielle Levitt, “Defiantly Different” features members of the LGBTQ+ community, including 10-year-old drag kid Desmond Napoles “Desmond is Amazing,” curator Kiyanna Stewart, transgender model Pêche Di, and 94-year-old community activist, Frances Goldin, famously-known for her “I Love My Lesbian Daughters” sign at the annual NYC Pride March.

“Defiantly Different” celebrates the rallying cry of generations who laid the groundwork for equality, the next wave of creative thinkers prepared to score their own trails, and each distinctive individual in between. The theme also takes an unflinching stance in response to the Trump administration’s substandard position on the LGBTQ+ community.
NYC Pride 2018 will take place from June 14 to June 24.

This year’s roster will include the NYC Pride March, PrideFest, Pride Island, along with a robust list of new events such as the Human Rights Conference, GameChangers, and our new culinary event, Savor Pride.

Each year, NYC Pride gives back to the local community through volunteering and awarding grants to local LGBTQ-serving organizations. is a platinum partner of NYC Pride.

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Nelly Furtado headlines Sunday finale of NYC's Pride Island

The chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Nelly Furtado, touches down to close out Sunday’s Pride Island on June 25, 2017. 

Gaining steam in the year 2000 with her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, the Portuguese-Canadian singer hasn’t slowed down since. Furtado’s spell-bounding solo hits such as “I’m Like a Bird,” “Turn off the Light” and “Say It Right” are impressed in the history of pop music. Her collaborative pop smashes with Timbaland for “Promiscuous” and “Give It to Me” featuring Justin Timberlake, will move the crowd for Sunday’s dynamic closing. 

With a career that spans two decades, five albums under her belt, and more than 16 million records sold worldwide, 

Nelly Furtado is back in the limelight. Her recent studio album, The Ride, is a bold comeback project taking fans along a spectacular ride with her. And that ride is scheduled to make quite a landing at Pride Island. 

“Pride Island was created to celebrate the heart of our community with each day representing a different musical sound,” said Jose Ramos, Pride Island Director. “Nelly Furtado closing out our three-day experience will be one for the record books.” 

Pride Island is a three-day cultural experience featuring vocal powerhouses Deborah Cox and Patti LaBelle on Friday and indie pop duo Tegan and Sara and British electronica trio, Years & Years, on Saturday. Rounding out Saturday, Róisín Murphy, Gallant, Dimitri from Paris, and Occupy The Disco are scheduled to perform. Chus & Ceballos, Cindel, and Scott Martin will join Nelly Furtado for Sunday’s finale. 

Furtado joins a star-studded list of Sunday performers that include Cher, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Ariana Grande. 

Tickets for Pride Island are now on sale. For more information about Pride Island or to purchase tickets, visit:


NYC PRIDE announce their grand marshals for 2017's March

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NYC Pride announced today its four Grand Marshals scheduled to lead the 48th NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The American Civil Liberties Union, Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone, and Geng Le will lead this year’s critical demonstration of LGBT Pride and protest. 

ACLU Logo● The American Civil Liberties Union has been the United States’ uncompromising defender of individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution for nearly 100 years. The ACLU brought its first LGBT rights case in 1936, brought the first case seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in 1970, litigated the Supreme Court cases that took down the Defense of Marriage Act that won marriage equality nationwide, and represented transgender student Gavin Grimm before the Supreme Court. 

Brooke Guinan Photo by New York Daily NewsBrooke Guinan is a 29-year-old trans woman; an advocate, civil servant, firefighter, and native New Yorker. Guinan has been honored by the New York City Comptroller’s office, the Public Advocate’s office, the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, and the FDNY for her service to the LGBTQ community. 

Krishna Stone 2Krishna Stone is the Director of Community Relations at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). She originally connected with GMHC in 1986 as a walker in the first annual AIDS Walk New York and became a staff member in 1993. In 2014, Stone received an award from the NYC Health Department for outstanding dedication to combating the spread of HIV. 

Geng LeGeng Le is a leader in the burgeoning movement for LGBT equality in the People’s Republic of China. Geng set up one of the earliest gay social websites in China— in 2002. In 2012, he created Blued—a gay men social networking app after quitting his job working as a policeman for 16 years. On World AIDS Day 2016, Geng donated 1 million RMB to China AIDS Fund to support Chinese non-governmental organizations for HIV prevention. 

“In the social and political turmoil brought by the current Administration, the ACLU, Brooke, Krishna, and Geng represent the components of what will ultimately be a successful resistance movement,” said Julian Sanjivan, NYC Pride March Director. “Our 2017 Grand Marshals are a snapshot of the numerous organizations, individuals, and philanthropists that will lead us through this unprecedented time in our nation.” 

The 48th NYC Pride March will kick off at noon on June 25, at 5th Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan. The route proceeds through Midtown on 5th Avenue and ends at Christopher and Greenwich Streets. 

NYC Pride’s 2017 theme, “We Are Proud,” speaks to the LGBT community’s unwavering ability to rise and be proud, even while under attack by a hostile political environment. 

Registration for the 2017 NYC Pride March is open until May 16, 2017 at 


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