NYC Pride Announces Parade Route for NYC WorldPride 2019

Organizers of NYC Pride, the official host of WorldPride NYC 2019 and Stonewall 50, have announced the route for this year’s Pride parade.

“The 2019 Pride March, which commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, will step off at noon on Sunday, June 30th from 26th Street and 5th Avenue,” organizers announced. “Some 150,000 marchers will proceed south on 5th Avenue before heading west on 8th Street. After crossing over 6th Avenue, the March will continue on Christopher Street, passing the site designated in 2016 by President Barack Obama as the Stonewall National Monument. It will then turn north on 7th Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before dispersing in Chelsea just north of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue.”

Organizers said the NYPD, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, and Council Speaker Corey Johnson were all consulted on the route.

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Ariana Grande Responds to Accusations She’s Exploiting the LGBTQ Community by Performing at Pride

This week, Manchester Pride (UK) announced that Ariana Grande would be headlining the city’s Pride celebration in late August. Some were upset that ticket prices were raised to £71 for a weekend pass – up from £30 last year, and accused Grande of exploiting the LGBTQ community because she’s straight.

22 people were killed and 64 injured in a suicide bombing at Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017. Grande later held her One Love Benefit concert at Old Trafford Cricket Stadium.

“Hi my love, i have nothing to do with ticket pricing – Manchester Pride sets those rates, and they’re mostly out of my control,” wrote Grande in response to an angry Twitter user. “The LGBTQ community has been so special to me and supportive throughout my entire career. The relationships i have with my LGBTQ fans, friends, and family make me so, so happy. i want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me. And also i wanna visit a city that means so much to me. LGBTQ representation is incredibly important, and i’m always proud to share the stage with LGBTQ artists!”

Added Grande: “Over the years, pride events have been headlined by performers and artists of all sexual orientations and genders, including straight allies like Cher and Kylie Minogue. i do think there’s room for us to talk about these issues without equating a performance *for* an LGBTQ audience with exploitation of the LGBTQ community. If you truly feel like i didn’t deserve to be offered this spot, i respect that. I’m not claiming to be the hero of the community or the face of the LGBTQ rights movement – i just wanna put on a show that makes my LGBTQ fans feel special and celebrated and supported. That’s all i wanna do.”

Others said the attacks on Grande were unjustified.

Said Manchester Pride CEO Mark Fletcher on announcing the headliner: “This year marks a big change for the festival as it continues to evolve. Previously we had one event running over the weekend and this year we have two, each with a distinct offering. At Manchester Pride Live we’re truly honoured to be welcoming Ariana back to the city to help us celebrate LGBT+ life. My team and I have worked hard to create a diverse lineup of performers who will join her in helping us continue to make a difference to the lives of LGBT+ people and celebrate the unity that exists in our brilliant city.” 

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Two People Stabbed at Fort Lauderdale Pride

Two people were stabbed while attending Fort Lauderdale Pride on Sunday, according to local police.

Local10 reports: “Officer Casey Liening, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, said the stabbing happened about 6:30 p.m. near the main stage of the festival in the 700 block of Seabreeze Boulevard. Paramedics rushed one of the victims to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The wounds of the second victim were described as superficial, Liening said.”

Police believe the stabbing was the result of a dispute between two parties and was not a hate-related incident.

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