Grab your rainbow flag and get ready to celebrate: New York City is billing 2019 as the "Year of Pride." The Big Apple will host two LBBTQ+ conventions this year, as well as recognizing WorldPride this June.
The IGLTA Annual Global Convention comes to town April 24-27 in hopes of connecting gay, lesbian and gay-friendly travel and tourism suppliers and buyers through its hosted-appointment program, numerous educational workshops and networking receptions.
Proud Experiences will hit NYC June 18-20 and bring together suppliers, buyers and lifestyle brands targeting the LGBTQ+ community. Attendees at both shows will have a particular interest in tributes to the LGBTQ+ community being hosted at cultural events throughout the year.
And, taking place for the first time in the nation, WorldPride will align with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which was a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village in 1969. More than 50 different events will take place during WorldPride NYC / Stonewall50 for all to enjoy.
"We have declared 2019 the Year of Pride, to not only celebrate WorldPride and Stonewall 50, but to acknowledge the perpetual spirit of New York City's vibrant LGBTQ+ community," says Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC and Company. "In addition to the iconic events in June, the city is brimming with a yearlong roster of cultural activity."
More than 4 million visitors are expected to flock to the city in honor of pride celebrations this year. Among the happenings are special art exhibits, music series, anniversary celebrations and more. A sampling of this year's events is listed below.
NYC Pride Events 2019
Arts and Culture
Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again – through March 31
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Through his experimenting with nontraditional art techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition -- the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989 -- reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists.
According to Warhol.org, the artist was a gay man who had several partners. Warhol’s boyfriends were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist.
Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 – through July 14
New York Public Library
Explore the emergence of the LGBTQ civil rights movement during the 1960s and 70s through photographs set alongside selections from the library’s vast archives from LGBTQ history.
The library's website says, "Through a major exhibition, a series of programs, book recommendations and more, we invite you to learn more about the emergence of the modern LGBTQ movement, as well as culture, issues and activism today."
On the (Queer) Waterfront – March 5-July 7
Brooklyn Historical Society
Starting in the mid-1800s, LGBTQ people were living and working in Brooklyn's waterfront communities, including poet Walt Whitman.
This exhibit encourages you to learn about the largely forgotten communities that thrived along the water through WWII, highlighting both the changes and continuities in the ideas of sexuality in Brooklyn.
Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern – March 17-June 15
Museum of Modern Art & PS1
Best known for establishing the New York City Ballet, Kirstein played a key role in MoMA’s early history. This exhibition illuminates his influence on MoMA’s collecting, exhibition and publication history, and his position at the center of a New York network of queer artists, intimates and collaborators.
Art After Stonewall
NYU’s Grey Art Gallery – April 24-July 20
Leslie-Lohman Museum– April 24-July 21
Presented in two parts, this exhibition will highlight the impact of the LGBTQ civil rights movement on the art world, with more than 150 works of art and materials, as well as selections from artists who interacted with queer subculture.
Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall - May 3-Dec. 8
Borrowing its title from the rallying words of transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, Nobody Promised You Tomorrow aims to expand understanding of the Stonewall Uprising beyond the image of protesters in the streets.
Camp: Notes on Fashion – May 9-Sept. 8
The Met Fifth Avenue
The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition will explore the origins of the camp aesthetic featuring nearly 200 objects, including womenswear and menswear, as well as sculptures, paintings and drawings dating from the 17th century.
Music of Conscience Series – May 30 and June 1
New York Philharmonic
Experience John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1, the New York composer’s "personal response to the AIDS crisis," inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center created its own quilt project, and a portion of the piece will be on display in the lobby.
PRIDE – June 6-Nov.
Museum of the City of New York
Examine NYC through the lens of photographer Fred W. McDarrah, who created an encyclopedic archive of culture and politics for The Village Voice, from the Beats of the 1950s to the counterculture of the '60s to the Stonewall Uprising and major political events of the early '70s.
The exhibition features images of cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, with focus on gay liberation, anti–Vietnam War marches and the women’s movement.
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project – Year-round
This project documents historic and cultural sites associated with the LGBTQ+ community in all five boroughs. The highlighted locations illustrate the richness of New York’s LGBTQ+ history and the community’s influence on America.
Alice Austen House Museum – Year-round
Take the free Staten Island ferry to visit the Alice Austen House, named by the National Register of Historic Places as the “national site of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) history.”
Austen was a turn-of-the-century lesbian photographer who lived with her female companion in the home for many years.
Lesbian Herstory Archives – Year-round
The archives features one of the largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities. Part library, part museum, LHA is a communal place to browse photographs or files, read a book, watch a video, do research or volunteer.
50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising - Year-round
The Jewish Museum
The museum will pay tribute through a year of programming, while highlighting LGBTQ works of art from the museum’s collection that explore themes of gender and identity.
Staten Island PrideFest – May 10-19
PrideFest will celebrate 15 years with a full week of events, including a 5K fun run, a sober coffee house and a prom. Staten Island's Pride celebration ends with a festival featuring live music, drag performers, food trucks and craft vendors.
Harlem Pride- May 31-June 29
The 10th anniversary of Harlem Pride in 2019 is also the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. The monthlong celebrations will feature performances, discussions and ceremonies at iconic locations including the Apollo Theater.
Queens Pride – June 2
Pride month kicks off in the heart of Queens with this annual parade. Afternoon activities will include a street festival in the neighborhood, live music, drag performances and local cuisine.
NYC Pride March - June 30
As part of the WorldPride celebration in Manhattan this year, the annual NYC Pride March celebrates life, the community, the fight against AIDS, while remembering those of the LGBTQ community we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.
Brooklyn Twilight Pride Parade – June 8
Brooklyn puts its own twist on Pride with a nontraditional march. A Pride street fair will take place prior to the parade, with food, crafts and entertainment.
1 Bronx Festival- June 23
The Bronx march will take place before the annual 1 Bronx Festival, which promotes inclusion, community and dialogue. Pride events throughout the festival inspire, educate and celebrate the diverse Bronx community.
For more information on NYC's numerous Year of Pride celebrations, click here.