About New York Pride 2019
NYC Gay Pride
As pride season approaches, those of differing sexual orientations reflect on what it means to be LGBTI. This time of year gives members of the community a chance to be celebrated rather than just tolerated; gender stereotypes are shattered and people can truly be themselves regardless of how they dress, act, or love.
Most major cities have events each summer but New York City Pride is one of the biggest gay pride events in the United States. LGBTI people from all over the world make the pilgrimage to NYC in order to experience pride in this bustling metropolis. New York's location makes for an easy day-trip from other big east coast cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. and, as such, the number of attendees is truly unbelievable. Not only gay and lesbian individuals attend either; in fact, the pride parade is a major platform for businesses and politicians to show their support for the LGBTI community. Restaurants are full, hotel reservations go quickly, and trendy clothing boutiques are packed to the brim.
A sea of rainbow flags, drag queens, and all-night parties is just the beginning; many other events are more serious in nature. As 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the New York Pride Parade is slated to be one of the biggest in recent history. Gay and lesbian folks from around the country will descend on New York this June. This year's events will showcase the history of New York City Pride and all that it stands for. For those of the Stonewall generation, this milestone is a reminder of how hard-won the community's acceptance was; a struggle that is still going on today in many parts of the country. This is also a chance for the younger generation to show appreciation to those who came before; it's a time to remember the blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifice that came with standing up for equality.
Though gays and lesbians have become much more accepted by mainstream society over the past couple of decades, there is still work to be done. Gay pride events, especially those as large as New York's, put a spotlight on all that has been accomplished as well as what remains to be worked on. Gay pride is not just pride in being gay but rather a social statement of acceptance and love for our fellow human beings, no matter how different they may be.