Dusty Ray Bottoms, Harlem, Manhattan
“We have people from all over the world celebrating diversity, culture, trans and being gay as a community. Everyone is celebrating, everyone is marching. We’re making our voices heard, and we’re showing our visibility in this city. I don’t think you get that anywhere else.”
Hayley Sydor, Astoria, Queens
Tiffany Royster, Washington, DC
“Pride to me is culture, fun, community and love. Stonewall is iconic. It did a lot of barrier breaking, and that’s important for people to know—especially for our younger generations who are just coming out. They’re able to be as free as they are today because of what happened at Stonewall.”
James Neiley, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
“It’s the one time when different tribes of the queer community celebrate and look after each other in a really unique way. There needs to be an anchor for that, and NYC Pride is that anchor. It’s like a huge party but rooted in this respect, honoring where we’ve come as a community.”
Paul Insley, Pennsylvania
“Pride is a chance to see all of the people who make the LGBTQ+ community as vibrant as it is and be a part of that incredible rainbow. This is where it all started—Stonewall is where this all began. It was the point at which the world began to pay attention, where Pride was born.”
Christina Speidel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Shine Dharan, Tribeca, Manhattan
Ricky Velasquez, Ally & Firefighter, Squad 18, NYC
“It’s a beautiful day. It brings everybody together. It’s about equality, and you see a lot of smiles on people’s faces. There’s so much color and diversity. They march by Stonewall and it’s become this landmark, like a memorial. It brings people together and allows us to remember.”
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NYC Pride Week 2018 in Photos
NYC Pride comprises all kinds of gatherings and events throughout June that share a common thread: at each, everyone is welcome to be themselves. During 2018’s celebration of diversity, culture and history, we spoke to participants from all over to find out what Stonewall and the March mean to them. Look through our gallery to see the spirit of Pride.