Kim Smalls, Norwood, Brooklyn
“NYC Pride is the best damn Pride in the world because it’s NYC. Do I need another reason? Nothing’s better than New York. It’s the home of Stonewall, and Stonewall means that we are still fighting to get the rights that we should’ve always had. But we’re still fighting.”
David Liddell, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
“The diversity here is incredible. People come from all over the world for this! And we have what we have now because of what happened at Stonewall. I always try to remember where I came from, and it all started at Stonewall. It reminds you that you have to be yourself.”
Adam Radakovich, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
“Everybody’s here from everywhere. Everybody from around the world comes to New York because they love it. It has the best energy in the world. Stonewall was revolutionary. It allowed me to be who I am. I think it’s one of those things that changed the course of the world.”
Andy Steward, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Stephen Mittel, Austin, Texas
“Stonewall is the place where people took a stand. They said, ‘We’re not gonna take it anymore!’”
Discover all there is to see and do during the event by visiting our guide to NYC Pride.
Photos from Pride Island
Pride Island gathers thousands of queer folks and their allies for two days of music and fireworks on a Hudson River pier. They come to dance to big-name live acts and DJs (such as 2018 headliners Big Freedia and Kylie Minogue); celebrate Pride; and be themselves. We spoke to attendees at last year’s inaugural event about what NYC Pride means to them and what makes it the most unique event of its kind in the world. Click through our gallery to read their stories and see the faces behind Pride.