The warmer weather in New York is reason enough to celebrate the month of June, but for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies, June is cause for a bigger celebration. It is Pride month. It began over 50 years ago with the Stonewall Uprising in New York City following a police invasion of a gay club located in Greenwich Village. Riots and protests followed soon after. The riots quickly became a call for equality, protesting the discrimination of the LGBTQIA+ community. This annual remembrance soon expanded to other cities creating the global Pride celebrations we know today.
NYC Pride Celebrations
Due to the pandemic, celebrations last year were canceled. This year, with many restrictions lifting and mask mandates easing, Pride events in New York are a mixture of in-person and virtual events. The theme for this year is "The Fight Continues."
Youth Virtual Pride
Youth Pride, a celebration for LGBTQIA+ and ally teens, is back again this year as a virtual gathering. Youth Pride has partnered with youth-focused LGBTQIA+ centers, organizations, and programs nationwide to present musical and dance performances. This virtual event is free on June 26. Register at Youth Pride.
NY Gay Pride Cruises 2021
Celebrate Pride Month with a choice of three different cruises with views of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan Skyline. NY Gay Pride Cruises offers brunch or dinner packages with a set menu and drinks. Each cruise will have either a live piano performance or a DJ on board for the celebration! The cruises are set to sail on Sunday, June 27 at noon, 7:00 p.m., or 10:30 p.m.
New Women Space
In honor of Pride month, New Women Space will transform into a retail location showcasing the products and services of LGBTQIA+ femme entrepreneurs. Shoppers will find a little bit of everything from beauty and hair products to items for their home and even enjoy a mini tarot card reading. The event takes place on June 13th, from 1:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. ET at 188 Woodpoint Rd. in Brooklyn.
Utopia Bagels in Queens has been around since 1980. It has perfected the process of individually hand-rolling each of its bagels, kettle boiling them, and baking them evenly in a 1947 carousel oven. The shop takes pride in each of the bagel creations, including the Rainbow Bagel. The bagel is almost magical in appearance; with all the colors of the rainbow mixed in, it comes with a side of blueberry cream cheese. It is the perfect morning bite for Pride Month.
Queer Liberation March
The 3rd Annual Queer Liberation March will take to the streets on Saturday, June 27, starting in Bryant Park, located in Midtown Manhattan. Organizers encourage participants to wear masks and will distribute hand sanitizer at the gathering site. For event details, visit Reclaim Pride Coalition.
Just Salad will be selling limited-edition Pride bowls for June. All proceeds will benefit NYC Pride and be featured at select locations in New York City: 140 8th Ave., 291 7th Ave., and 321 W. 49th St.
For each customer who makes an online purchase here. using the code JSPRIDE2021 at checkout, Just Salad will make a 25% donation of each sale to NYC Pride. This special includes 25% of all in-store purchases when the word Pride is mentioned at checkout. App and 3rd party orders will not count towards the donation.
Now through June 30, stop by your favorite Shake Shack location and order the limited edition Pride Shake. This delightful treat is made with strawberry and blackberry flavored frozen custard and topped with a mango and passion fruit blend, whipped cream, and rainbow glitter. It is served in a dedicated Pride cup, featuring an upgraded burger icon incorporating all colors of the Pride flag.
Shake Shack is donating 5% of sales to The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and intervention organization for LGBTQIA+ young people.
Starbucks is celebrating Pride month with the limited-edition collection of Pride merchandise available at select Starbucks locations in the US and Canada. This year's collection features a 24-fluid-ounce kaleidoscope cold cup and a 12-fluid-ounce painted tumbler. Customers can also find a 24-fluid-ounce abstract iridescent cold cup and a tote bag exclusively at Target stores.