Shocka Yaw, Bushwick, Brooklyn
“NYC Pride brings everyone together to celebrate unity and peace and love. The City is about diversity, and it’s the home of Stonewall. I used to work there, and it was a revolutionary thing that happened inside. It caused us to have more unity and respect for gay culture.”
Tiffany Trent, East New York, Brooklyn
“I get to see all different types of all gays, all transgenders in their costumes. There’s so much love and diversity. And ain’t nobody discriminating against nobody. Stonewall—let it stay open until the day we die. They’ll have to drive us underground to take that from us!”
Camille Saavedra, South Bronx
Aaron Cohen, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
“I’ve never seen such grandeur of queerness. It’s so bold and so beautiful. It’s just a part of New York life. I come from a generation of people who don’t always consider the roots of Pride, but I think it should be remembered as a protest against oppression, hatred and ignorance.”
“NYC is the most diverse place in the world. I’ve never been anywhere like it. It’s history, too. Like Stonewall. How can you even describe it? Stonewall means equality. It means history. Just walking into Stonewall you can feel the presence of everything it’s been. It’s not just a bar; it’s culture.”
Omar Dairi, Ithaca, New York
“Pride can be a great place for people to see themselves represented when they don’t have another support system. New York is the epicenter of that—where you can see yourself reflected back—and Stonewall represents the origin. We should be going back to that fighting spirit.”
Audra Ramos, Downtown Brooklyn
“When this city is lit like this and you’re seeing so many different people not having to worry about what other people think, it’s amazing. You can just do what you want and be who you want to be.”
Discover all there is to see and do during the event by visiting our guide to NYC Pride.
Photos from NYC Pride Week
NYC Pride is more than a march; it’s a celebration of diversity, culture and history. It’s a time for parties and protests, a safe space where people from all over the world come to be themselves. It’s where all colors, genders, sexes, shapes and ages are welcomed in the spirit of love and togetherness. We spoke to hundreds of proud New Yorkers during Pride Week to find out who they are and to learn how the legacy of Stonewall and the parade has impacted them. Look through our gallery for the faces and stories that make up NYC Pride.