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The best Gay Pride events in NYC

We've rounded up the best Gay Pride events, from the Pride March and Dyke March to performances and protests

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New Yorkers enjoy the Pride Parade

It's Pride Month which means LGBTQ revelers from around the globe will unite for celebrations with all the queer dances, gay club nights, LGBT fund-raisers and other great LGBT things to do. And of course, there's the Pride parade on Sunday, June 26. So strap on your dancing—or walking—shoes (or anything else that needs strapping on), put on your favorite gay songs to jam to and get ready to celebrate.

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The best Gay Pride events in New York

Gay-larious! The LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show

The MenEvent brings together some of the city's sharpest queer acts for a night of stellar stand-up. This month's lineup includes Rick Crom, Jeff Lawrence, Joanne Filan, Adam Chisnell, Jon Fisch and Michelle Slonim.

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Wed Apr 20 - Thu Jun 23

The Pride Kickoff Rally

Before the glittery spectacle of the LGBT Pride March and the rest of the Gay Pride Weekend festivities, get pumped up…with a glittery spectacle! This official Gay Pride Weekend opening event started as a "gay power" demonstration with 500 protestors in Washington Square Park a month after the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the dawn of the modern gay-rights movement. Since then the rally has jumped locations all over town, including incarnations in Central Park and East River Park.

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24 Apr 2016

Celebrate Gay S_X at the Met, Greek and Roman style

The Met's Greek and Roman collection contain hordes of erotically-styled male sculpture, but beyond the well-chiseled rumps and prettyboy mythic heroes, how much of Hellenistic homoerotica still influences us today? Join professor Andrew Lear for this fascinating tour of the sexually liberated cultures of nations long gone.

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17 Jun 2016

Broadway Bares 26

This annual fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the unofficial kickoffs to Gay Pride Week in NYC, and features more than 150 dancers from the Great White Way stripping down in themed vignettes.

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19 Jun 2016

Family Movie Night

Heritage of Pride officially kicks off its 2016 season with a free alfresco film screening of a family classic.

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21 Jun 2016

Power Gay

Queer geniuses Chris Tyler and Joe Castle Baker team up for this vicious satire, in which they play wealthy, entitled, good-looking gay men trying to raise money for animal rights. After the demented show, John Early and DJ Hamm Sandwich roll out another edition of their outrageous variety night, Showgasm.

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22 Jun 2016

Gayzer Tag

Channel all your aggressive energy into shooting lasers at your opponents at this Guy Social event at Chelsea Piers. Play as much laser tag, pool and bowling that you can fit into four hours and see where this healthy expression of masculine play leads you.

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Thu Jun 23 - Fri Jun 24

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Pride

Comedic powerhouse (and seasoned Pride emcee) Michelle Tomko hosts this monthly showcase featuring unapologetic queer comedians. The series kicks off with a double Pride opening featuring UCB vet Jay Michel and prolific NYC comic Jes Tom.

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Thu Jun 23 - Sun Jun 26

Annual Trans Day of Action

This annual march and rally helps raise awareness and visibility for trans and non-gender-conforming individuals, and is a reminder that the fight for equality is far from over for many in the LGBT community.

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24 Jun 2016
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