It's Pride Week in New York City, and this year the LGBT community has a lot to celebrate. For one thing, President Obama repealed the U.S. military's long-standing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. For another, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo introduced a bill that, if passed, would legalize gay marriage in New York. It's only fitting that a grand celebration should take place in New York City, the birthplace of the gay liberation movement. After all, it was only forty years ago that the Stonewall riots occurred in Manhattan's West Village, igniting the fight for gay rights.
Today, Stonewall Inn, the site of the riots, stands as a monument to the struggle for equality (and a fun place to drink, dance, and socialize with friends). Of course, those interested in tracing the history of the gay liberation movement in NYC must drop by Julius Bar NY, the oldest continuously operating gay bar in NYC and the site of the legendary "Sip-In" staged by members of the Mattachine Society to protest unjust treatment of gays.
Besides fun gay bars in NYC, tourists will certainly enjoy participating in the massive Heritage of Pride March, which will begin at 12pm on June 26 at Fifth Avenue and 36th Street. This year, columnist Dan Savage, activist Terry Miller, and Reverend Pat Bumgardner will act as grand marshals.
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