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Photograph: Syd LondonFolsom Street East
New York City Dyke March
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Photograph: Sion FullanaPride March
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Photograph: Andrew WernerThe Dance on the Pier
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Photograph: Jong ClementeDJ Whitney Day headlines Rapture on the River

Summer in New York: Gay & Lesbian events and parties

By Ethan LaCroix

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Photograph: Syd London

Folsom Street East

Leather folks, kinksters and curious onlookers come out in the sun for this annual street fair (named for the giant San Francisco fest), which has become the unofficial kickoff to NYC Pride Week. You’ll find demonstrations, vendors, a beer garden and (obviously) a sausage truck.

New York City Dyke March


This yearly event, which raises awareness about women’s and trans rights, isn’t exactly the glittery spectacle you’ll get at the following day’s Pride March—but it’s still one of the week’s essential events. BYO signs and banners, and keep in mind that the Dyke March doesn’t have a permit—it’s a protest, not a parade—so prepare for possible interference from the fuzz.

Pride March, Sunday 27
Photograph: Sion Fullana

NYC Pride March


More than a million spectators line the streets for what is always one of the year’s most dazzling sights, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots. This year’s grand marshals are musician and activist Cyndi Lauper, Kiehl’s president Chris Salgardo, and the adorable Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov, the first same-sex couple to legally marry in New York.

The Dance on the Pier
Photograph: Andrew Werner

The Dance on the Pier


Sibling DJs the Perry Twins open for headlining spinner Boris at this massively popular dance, the official capper to Pride Week. Strap on your boogie shoes and prepare to get sweaty.


Rapture on the River


Pride Weekend’s big official women’s dance features six hours of grooving and mingling under the sun and stars. This year’s spinners are Missy B, Trina and ubiquitous headliner Whitney Day.


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