Tuesday, June 25, 2019. New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.
Organizers said: “The 1 Bronx World Pride promotes inclusion, community, and dialogue and works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing Pride events that inspire, educate, and celebrate our diverse Bronx community. The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival brings together over 20,000 Bronxites working toward a more inclusive future for our community.”
People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.
“The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. It is south of Westchester County; northeast and east of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of Queens, across the East River. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States.
The Bronx is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, and a flatter eastern section. East and west street names are divided by Jerome Avenue. The West Bronx was annexed to New York City in 1874, and the areas east of the Bronx River in 1895. Bronx County was separated from New York County in 1914. About a quarter of the Bronx’s area is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo in the borough’s north and center. These open spaces are situated primarily on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed north and east from Manhattan.
The name Bronx originated with Swedish-born Jonas Bronck, who established the first settlement in the area as part of the New Netherland colony in 1639. The native Lenape were displaced after 1643 by settlers. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bronx received many immigrant and migrant groups as it was transformed into an urban community, first from various European countries (particularly Ireland, Germany, and Italy) and later from the Caribbean region (particularly Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic), as well as African American migrants from the southern United States. This cultural mix has made The Bronx a wellspring of Latin music, hip hop and rock.”_Wikipedia.org
On Saturday, June 8th, 2019, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March.
Brooklyn Pride is the only New York City night time parade/march. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com.
THE 15TH ANNUAL TRANS DAY OF ACTION will be on Friday, June 28, 2019. The rally starts at 4 PM. March Kick-Off at 5:00 PM from Washington Square Park Garibaldi Plaza.
Organizers say on their website alp.org, “Bring your rattles, maracas, and revolutionary spirit! We will take up time and space together in a rally and march for gender liberation. Join TransJustice in uplifting our New York City Communities of Color as we champion policy goals for advancing housing equity for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming in New York City.”
Harlem Pride is on Saturday, June 29, 2019. 12:00PM – 6:00PM. 12th Avenue and West 135th Street.
Organizers say on their website www.HarlemPride.org, “It’s 2019 and we are celebrating several things this year. First of all, 2019 marks our Harlem Pride 10th Anniversary. It’s also the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and on top of that we’ll celebrate World Pride coming to NYC and Harlem as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. This month we’re expecting over 20,000 attendees who will visit Harlem to participate in our festivities. We look forward to hosting each one of them and we hope you’ll join us!”
The 27th Annual NYC Dyke March will be on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 5PM. Meet at Bryant Park, corner of 6th Ave and 42nd Street. The culmination of the protest will be in Washington Square Park.
Organizers say on their website nycdykemarch.com, “The New York City Dyke March is a protest march, not a parade.
The March is a demonstration of our First Amendment right to protest and takes place without permits or sponsors. We recognize that we must organize among ourselves to fight for our rights, safety, and visibility.”
On Sunday, June 30th is the Queer Liberation March and Pride March in Manhattan. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Revolution.
Organizers of the Queer Liberation March say on their website reclaimpridenyc.org, “The Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march—no corporate floats, and no police in our march. Please see our statement on Why We March. We honor the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community, as we commit to addressing the ongoing struggles that we face.
Retracing the steps of the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March of 1970, the Reclaim Pride Coalition will gather in Sheridan Square, march all the way up 6th Avenue, and end with a rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn.”
Organizers of the Pride March in Manhattan say on their website NYCPride.org, “The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.
The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.”
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