NYC Pride announced their 2014 Rally line up, including a major performance by fast-rising pop star Betty Who and additional performances by drag superstar Sharon Needles and renowned all-male string quartet Well-Strung. The Rally will be hosted by “Rupaul’s Drag Race” judge Michelle Visage and will include several incredible speakers as part of the evening’s show. Last year’s surprise appearance by Lady GaGa set the stage for additional surprise appearances this year, so stay tuned!
The voice of NYC Pride, the Rally showcases an impressive list of entertainers and activists to kick off our official Pride events. The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park. NYC Pride continues the tradition of this proud event by holding the Rally each year in various locations throughout the city.
“This year’s Rally is going to be the best we’ve ever produced! By emphasizing the all ages aspect of the event, we aim to reach younger audiences and give one of our oldest events a fresh feel while staying true to the importance of educating and inspiring our community,” said Bret Gaither, Rally Director.
“With this year being the 45th anniversary of Stonewall, the 2014 edition of the Rally is especially poignant. We’ve put a lot of work into ensuring that this year’s event highlights the impressive strides our community has made over the past four and a half decades,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director.
For more information on the Rally and our full roster of Official Pride events, visit nycpride.org/events. Remember to follow NYC Pride on social media for event updates and LGBT news and information.