US – World Pride Honours Stonewall 50th Anniversary

Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019
Actor Billy Porter at Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019, rainbow gown by Christian Siriano[18]

New York confirmed as the host city for World Pride in 2019, the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

June 1969 saw a violent backlash against constant police harassment and raids of gay bars.

The riots often cited as ‘the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.’

Held every few years, previous World Pride host cities include Toronto, Rome, Jerusalem, and London.

The next world pride is in Madrid in 2017.

The Stonewall Uprising of June 1969 was a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations in Greenwich Village NYC.

Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, gay kids from the surrounding area, and members of the community who came from neighbouring gay and lesbian bars fought back against an early morning police raid.

Refusing to be arrested for simply patronizing a gay bar and being out in public.

The Stonewall riots are widely considered to be the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement.

This led to the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States


The Stonewall 50th anniversary

Traditionally June is the Pride month in New York City and worldwide, under the auspices of the annual NYC Pride march.

The events represented the largest LGBTQ celebration in history.

Produced by Heritage of Pride (HOP), they commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

Organizers and city authorities estimated 150,000 parade marchers, and five million visitors attending Pride weekend in Manhattan alone.

HOP’s Stonewall 50 Planning Committee began work in July 2009.

This would eventually lead to a successful bid for the first US-hosted WorldPride.


Established events in 1997 when Heritage of Pride hosted the 16th annual conference of InterPride.

Licensed by InterPride and organised by one of its members, is an event that promotes LGBTQ pride issues on an international level.

They achieve this through parades, festivals and other cultural activities.

The first WorldPride held in Rome in 2000.

The host cities are selected by InterPride, an international association of pride coordinators, at its annual general meeting.

WorldPride so far includes the first one held in Rome, Italy in 1990; WorldPride Jerusalem 2006; WorldPride London 2012; WorldPride Toronto 2014; WorldPride Madrid 2017; and Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019. The next one planned is WorldPride Copenhagen 2021.

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Nerelle Harper

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