There are a lot of celebrations happening this weekend in Harlem for Gay Pride. After a momentous and triumphant week for the LGBT community, people are really ready to celebrate gay pride.
A few places in Harlem where you can celebrate are at Aloft Harlem Hotel on FDB Friday, June 28th 7 pm – 11 pm. Red Rooster (Ginny’s Supper Club) on Lenox Ave, Sunday June 30th starting at 8 pm. MIST (My Image Studios) on 116th Street Friday, June 28th 8 pm & Saturday, June 29th 9 pm. Jackie Robinson Park “Harlem Pride 2013 Celebration Day” from 12 pm – 6 pm featuring DJ Andre Collins and a long list of Live Performances. Many other businesses are participating such as Harlem Food Bar, Jado Sushi, 5 and Diamond, Lido and Melba’s who have always been supportive in past years.
A few weeks ago we reported on Harlem Pride events taking place this weekend during New York’s Gay Pride celebration.
Little did we know that there would be an additional reason to celebrate.
Tonight in a historic vote the NY State Senate has approved marriage for same sex couples, which represents a tremendous opportunity. New York Becomes the Seventh U.S. Jurisdiction to Allow Gay and Lesbian Couples to Marry.
The energy around this has been building in the last few months, culminating in this evening’s historic achievement in civil and human rights history.
In recent months dozens of New Yorkers – everyday people and celebrities alike – recorded video testimonials in support of marriage equality in New York.
And later, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the vote a “historic triumph for equality and freedom.”
“In recent weeks, I have had many conversations with our state Senators. I emphasized that not only is marriage equality consistent with bedrock American principles, but it is also consistent with bedrock Republican Party principles of liberty and freedom — and the Republicans who stood up today for those principles will long be remembered for their courage, foresight, and wisdom. In fact, 10 or 20 or 30 years from now, I believe they will look back at this vote as one of their finest, proudest moments.”
The part I liked the most about Cuomo’s speech was his focus on the word “equality”. No doubt this will resonate deeply with all Americans.
And as I wrap up this post I find myself humming Kool & The Gang’s CELEBRATE.
Come to Harlem the weekend of June 24-26 to celebrate Pride Harlem-Style. The weekend-long celebration includes a barbecue, bowling and a dance party. The park party is the only event located in a public area.
“I want the gay and lesbian people of uptown to have a celebration of our own,” she said. “This will be different than the events in the West Village because it will be filled with people of color.” Neely insists the event is for everyone – including children. “I realize the church plays a big role in the black community,” Neely said, “but we’re people, too, and deserve our day in the sun.”
It’ a perfect event for tourists visiting NYC this Summer to spend some time in the sun uptown.