MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore and Dominique Jackson. Photo credit: Jeenah Moon/Reuters.
Dancers, performers, countless members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community, and even actors from one of television's biggest dance series, 'Pose', came together over the past weekend to celebrate the end of World Pride in New York City.
The Pride March and Closing Ceremony, both of which rounded out the month-long celebration marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement, took place Sunday in Manhattan.
'Pose' cast members Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, and MJ Rodriguez marched as Grand Marshalls of the 2019 World Pride March. ‘Pose’, an FX network drama series, explores the juxtaposition of life and society in New York’s 1980s and ‘90s underground gender non-conforming ballroom scene. Broadway’s Billy Porter, who plays the role of Pray Tell, won a 2018 Golden Globe Award for his work in the show.
The march, which kicked off in the Chelsea neighborhood moved south into Greenwich Village, past the Stonewall National Monument, and back north up the Manhattan west side back to Chelsea.
The closing ceremony, which took place in Times Square, featured speeches and performances by artists like singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, comedienne Margaret Cho, and the cast of Broadway’s ‘The Prom’. New York City Mayor and Democratic Presidential Candidate Bill de Blasio also spoke at the event.
The Stonewall Inn. Photo credit: Marc J. Franklin/Playbill.
The Stonewall Uprising, which began on June 28th, 1969, is seen as the inception of the gender and sexual orientation equality movement that continues today. In the early morning of June 28th, ten officers from the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan known as a welcoming space for members of the gay community. The raid quickly turned into an uprising and the resulting riots over the summer of 1969 gained a momentum that picked up steam in metropolitan hubs around the US. The following summer, cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles marked the anniversary of the riots and the movement toward equality progressed.
On June 6th, 2019, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill issued a formal apology on behalf of the NYPD for the raid — almost 50 years to the day after the event.
The month-long World Pride celebration was marked with over 50 official events and countless other informal observances in which over 3 million revelers flocked to New York City. Stonewall Riot commemorations, art exhibitions, film viewings, brunches, cosplay events, rallies, and more were all on the event calendar.
Broadway Bares 2019; Take Off. Photo credit: Billy Bustamante/BC/EFA.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS annual ‘Broadway Bares’ event, which took place on June 16th at the Hammerstein Ballroom raised over 2 million dollars for the charity.
Founded in 1992 by Tony-winning choreographer, Jerry Mitchell, ‘Broadway Bares’ features performers and dancers from the theatre community in scantily clad yet world-class production numbers created top Broadway choreographers — all to raise money for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Broadway Bares 2019; Take Off. Photo credit: Daniel Gramkee/BC/EFA.