Fifty years ago, on June 28, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, sparked a week of rioting and protests. Gay men and women were at last fighting for their civil rights, and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) history would never be the same again. This month, as NYC Pride welcomes WorldPride for the first time ever in a monthlong commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising, the city flies the rainbow flag. Here are several highlights:
“Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50”
Thru July 14, 2019
The New York Public Library’s exhibition depicts gay life before, during and after the Stonewall riots. The New York Public Library has an outstanding collection of LGBTQ material, including academic and popular literature, rare books, little magazines and major archives.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave., btw 40th & 42nd sts.
“Art After Stonewall: 1969-1989”
Thru July 20, 2019
The two-part exhibition at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art surveys the impact of the LGBTQ liberation movement on visual culture in the 20 years after Stonewall.
Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, 212.998.6780
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., 212.431.2609
“Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall”
Thru Dec. 8, 2019
Stonewall’s impact on today’s New York-based queer artistic community is felt in this exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition is a showcase for 28 LGBTQ+ artists born after 1969.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 718.638.5000
LGBTQ Walking Tour
Daily in June 2019
Urban Adventures offers a three-hour history, neighborhood and pub walking tour of Greenwich Village, where the Gay Lib movement took root.
Saturdays in June 2019
Classic Harbor Line’s schooners host Trans New York Harbor Pride Sails, benefiting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, an organization supporting LGBTQ youth.
“PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah”
Opens June 6, 2019
Photojournalist Fred W. McDarrah was there, chronicling the Stonewall uprising, its aftermath and the significant figures in the LGBTQ civil rights movement in images on display at the Museum of the City of New York.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212.534.1672
“Spill the Tea”
June 15, 2019
This program at Harlem Stage gives voice to Southern black gay men, and is followed by a DJ set with the Illustrious Blacks, a fly and fierce duo.
Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave., 212.281.9240
The Pride Sale
June 20, 2019
Swann Auction Galleries holds its first sale of LGBTQ archives, ephemera, literature, autographs, art and photography, including works by James Baldwin, Walt Whitman, Keith Haring, Gertrude Stein, Peter Hujar, Paul Cadmus, Allen Ginsberg and others.
Swann Auction Galleries, 104 E. 25th St., 212.254.4710
June 20–24, 2019
The festival of play readings brings celebrated LGBTQ voices to the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in the West Village. Initial casting includes Mario Cantone, Robin de Jesus, John Glover, Judy Gold, Lou Liberatore, Beth Malone, Michael Urie and more.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, 224 Waverly Pl., 212.627.2556
June 21–22, 27–28, 2019
New York City Opera presents the world premiere of “Stonewall,” an American opera about the hot summer night in 1969 that gave birth to the gay civil rights movement. This is the first opera to feature a transgender character created for a transgender singer.
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 212.721.6500
Opening Ceremony: World Pride
June 26, 2019
Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 917.618.6100
New York City Gay Men’s Chorus
June 27, 2019
Carnegie Hall, Seventh Ave., at W. 57th St., 212.247.7800
June 29 & 30, 2019
LGBTQ icon Grace Jones headlines the performance and dance party on June 29 at Pier 97.
Pier 97 in Hudson River Park, West Side Highway & W. 59th St.
NYC Pride March
June 30, 2019
The annual demonstration of pride takes to the streets and kicks off at noon on Fifth Ave. at 26th St., moves south on Fifth Ave. to 8th St., turns west on 8th St. to Christopher St. and the Stonewall National Monumnet, then north on Seventh Ave. to parade’s end at 23rd St. This will be an all-day and into-the-night event.
Closing Ceremony: World Pride
June 30, 2019
WorldPride ends with a bang in Times Square, 7-10 pm. Margaret Cho hosts, with performances by Melissa Etheridge, Jake Shears, MNEK, the cast of the Broadway musical “The Prom,” Deborah Cox, and more.