Recently, President Obama officially declared June the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, and events are going on across the five boroughs all month. Today, a few hundred members of Staten Island's LGBT community came out for their march, culminating with a festival in Tompkinsville Park at 4 p.m. later this afternoon. And tomorrow, there is the 19th Annual Queens Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Parade and Festival taking place in Jackson Heights.
The Parade starts at noon on 37th Avenue from 85th Street to 75th Street in Jackson Heights; there will also be a multicultural festival concurrently from noon to 6 p.m. on 75th Street and 37th Road between 74th and 77th Streets. This year’s Grand Marshals will be Miss New York 2010, Claire Buffie, NYS State Senator Tony Avella, and SALGA (South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association). Chis Calvert, co-chairperson of Queens Pride, the festival organizing committee, said: "Queens Pride is thrilled by the President's proclamation and is pleased to host the kick-off for the month of Pride celebrations in New York City. Our parade offers LGBT organizations a real opportunity to draw awareness and visibility."
The second annual Harlem Pride event is coming up on on Saturday, June 25, in Marcus Garvey Park from noon to 6 p.m. The celebration includes a barbecue, bowling and a dance party, but it has been met with resistance (and confusion) in some corners of Harlem, including one pastor who said, "If children start to believe it is okay to be gay, they will think it's okay to be a pedophile or have sex with animals. It's a slippery slope."
"Don't just 'SAY IT'...
Let YOUR VOICE be HEARD!
Right HERE, right NOW!