The very best of NYC Pride events from June 8th-August 3rd

As The Center’s largest outdoor fundraising celebration, Garden Party 24 will attract more than 2,500 revelers to kick-off Pride Week in NYC, June 18 at Pier 54. More than 25 participating restaurants will share tasting portions of their signature dishes, and in addition to an amazing feast, the Garden Party features an open bar sponsored by Absolut, great raffle items and incredible entertainment including host Kate Clinton; Leslie Kritzer, who recently recreated Patti LuPone’s famed Les Mouches concerts from the 1980s; the Lavender Light Gospel Choir; and a very special surprise guest!

June 21 at the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center Salutes Gay Pride with an LGBT installment of A Midsummer Night Swing. DJ Brenda Black spins her signature fresh and sexy mix of classic disco, funk and soul at this fab cocktail party and evening of dance hosted by the dynamic Jai Rodriguez. Tickets include entry to the shakin’ dance floor and unlimited access to the VIP viewing room, stocked with an open bar and free appetizers.

On June 17th at trendy hotspot Luke & Leroy’s, Babs Bunny will host Queer Black Cinema’s QBC VISIONS 2007, the series’ second annual benefit and talent showcase. Bad Boy Entertainment’s hip-hop princess will help QBC launch New York City’s Pride Week by premiering some of the series’ best film shorts and powerhouse live performances from today’s most notable LGBTQ artists. Scheduled to appear are Shorty Roc, Siya, Tangarae, Jesse O, and many more, to raise developing funds for QBC’s first international film festival and promote HIV/AIDS prevention during June.

The Queens Museum of Art in association with Cinemarosa—Queens’ only queer film series—presents the 5th Anniversary Queerin’ Queens LGBT Pride Celebration in Flushing Meadows/Corona Park on June 17th. For the past five years, this event has brought together organizations and individuals for a festive afternoon of free music, dance, video, performances, food, art, and activism to celebrate and support the importance and strength of multicultural connections in our New York LGBT communities.

If watching a crowd of 15,000 lesbians march down Fifth Ave is exciting, joining them is even better. Hit the streets and make some noise with your sisters at the 15th Annual NYC Dyke March, this June 23. The March, which is not a parade but a protest against the ongoing discrimination against lesbians, begins in Bryant Park and ends in Washington Square Park. Bring signs, banners, drums, noisemakers, and as many dyke friends as you can find to show your support!

Join Heritage of Pride, the organizer of NYC’s Pride events, to commemorate and celebrate the Stonewall riots in a full roster of events in June. The Pride Rally kicks off Pride week on June 17 at Bryant Park and will feature emcees Julie Goldman and Keith Price as well as a ton of exciting performers and guest speakers including Lori Michaels. June 23, head to Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 and celebrate the love of women with Rapture on the River, HOP’s annual Pride pier dance for women. This year’s event will be hosted by DJ Kris Kono and features performances by Ultra Naté and Sylvia Tosun. On June 24, show your true colors with the annual Pride March, the famous parade that begins at Fifth Ave and 52nd St and ends at Christopher and Greenwich. This year’s grand marshals are Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Reverend Dr. Troy Perry. Look out for the GO float and the hot women that are sure to be dancing on it! And although PRIDEFest is canceled this year, check GO’s nightlife section to find plenty of hot post-Pride parties to take away the sting.

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