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GAY HIGH HOLY DAYS

June 20, 2009

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Homosexuals,

Every year, New York denizens of the homosexual persuasion, gather together to celebrate their accomplishments (three days without drinking), their struggles ($5 cover at Key Club?!) and their pride (he did/didn’t call me back). Of course, much like anything we do, it’s always a big affair. So in honor of the glorious high holy days of gay New York City, I present the must have events of NYC Gay Pride 2009:

SUNDAY, JUNE 21st, 2009:

This annual is nothing short of spectacular. I’ve attended twice and I must say I’m going to miss the impromptu Block Party a group of us started last year on the corner of Broadway and 52nd. What you should know is that rumor has it that this years event is going to be one of the raunchiest ever. Make sure to say hi to me as I volunteer upstairs serving cocktails!

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Broadway Bares 19.0 – CLICK IT!

MONDAY, JUNE 22nd, 2009:

I need not say anything to describe how gay this event will be… The Beyonce Concert at Madison Square Garden.

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Beyonce: I AM Tour – Madison Square Garden

TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd, 2009:

The HX Awards are something I’ve always wanted to go to…kind of like the Gay NY Oscars. Last year a friend won Bartender of the Year and hopefully my favorite little neighborhood bar (XES) will something. It’s supposedly the Susan Lucci of the annual awards.

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HX Awards 2009

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th, 2009:

Shameless plug. My best friend hosts Karaoke at XES every other Wednesday and he has the pleasure of doing it during Pride. Check out his altar ego, Blackie O, the classiest bitch since The Kennedy administration, say “Next Up!” and not be rude like most drag queens in the city. Witty commentary provided by Brian Kalinowski.

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XES Bar & Lounge

THURSDAY, JUNE 25th, 2007:

One of my favorite NY based blogs is the raunchy East Village Boys blog. It’s a little rock, a little queer and a whole lot of fun. They are throwing a party at The Hose on Thursday and it’s an event to definitely check out.

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East Village Boys Blog

FRIDAY, JUNE 26th, 2009:

Thanks to my friend Deryk, I got to attend an event this promoter threw last week, launching a label for queer musicians who out publically. I’m a big supporter of out musicians and artists in general so definitely check out this event if you can:

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27th, 2009:

This event is going to be incredible. It’s a melting pot of gay culture and nightlife. Vance Garrett Productions and Saint At Large are teaming up to do a Broadway style circuit party in association with the Federation of Ballroom Houses. WHAT!? It’s a third circuit party, third ball, and third Broadway Bares. It’s going to be incredible and a lot of fun and all the proceeds go to Heritage of Pride which is celebrating it’s 39th year!

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The Love Ball

SUNDAY, JUNE 28th, 2009:

The most glorious day in gay New York. The last Sunday in June…it’s a big year. We got gay marriage on the ballot, we got our governor, mayor and city council majority leader fighting the battle with us and we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Spend this day enjoying the gay family of New York, go to the parade, go to the festival, get shit-faced and wear condom, for pete’s sake. End the day at Dance on the Pier…rumor has it Lady Gaga will be gracing the stage!

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THE MARCH:
The March began as an annual civil rights demonstration beginning the year after the Stonewall Riots in 1970. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to the illness, violence and neglect. It has also evolved to include being a celebration of our lives and our community.

To watch the March step-off you should be in the 50s or upper 40s on 5th Avenue. For larger crowds and high energy, anywhere in the village is ideal. For smaller crowds, many enjoy watching in the 30s, 20s, and teens on 5th Avenue.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.The March began as an annual civil rights demonstration beginning the year after the Stonewall Riots in 1970. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to the illness, violence and neglect. It has also evolved to include being a celebration of our lives and our community.

To watch the March step-off you should be in the 50s or upper 40s on 5th Avenue. For larger crowds and high energy, anywhere in the village is ideal. For smaller crowds, many enjoy watching in the 30s, 20s, and teens on 5th Avenue.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.
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PRIDEFEST:

Hudson St. between Abingdon Sq. & West 14th St.
Sunday, June 28th, 2009, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
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PrideFest is the annual LGBT street fair. PrideFest seeks to bring together local residents and families, community leaders, and area business owners to celebrate in the street. Additionally, we expect to attract thousands of out-of-state visitors and volunteers.
This will be the 17th annual PrideFest event. We will continue to combine vendors, entertainers, and community activities for a day of fun celebration of LGBT Pride in the name of equality.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.
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THE DANCE ON THE PIER
Pier 54, 13th St @ the West Side Highway – Hudson River Park
Sunday, June 28th, 2009, 4:00 – 10:30 PM, Fireworks
Featuring the music of Phillip Kimball, Jack Reina, and Corey Craig
Lights by Guy Smith

Please join us for the official NYC LGBT Dance on the Pier. There is no other event quite like ours and no other place than New York City to experience the rhythm of Pride.

The Dance on the Pier was born out of a time when LGBT persons could not dance openly and proudly together. It is a protest set to music, a celebration set to the western skyline and a reminder of how far we’ve come.

All proceeds from the Dance on the Pier benefit New York City’s LGBT Pride Week events and community organizations.

General Admission:
$50 each when purchased from May 1 – May 31
$70 each when purchased from June 1 – June 27
$85 each when purchased that day

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Heritage of Pride

ENJOY PRIDE QUEERS!

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