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Harlem’s The Maysles Cinema screens Before You Know It tonight

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Tonight at 7:00pm!

A Gay Pride Month Special

Hosted by Harlem Sage and Harlem Pride

Not to be missed!

Before You Know It

PJ Raval, 2013, 110 min.

The subjects of Before You Know It are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But Before is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie-whether these communities be affable senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.

Dennis is a gentle-hearted widower in his 70s who begins exploring his sexual identity and fondness for dressing in women’s clothing under the name “Dee.” Ty is an impassioned LGBT activist who hears nothing but wedding bells once gay marriage passes in New York. Robert “The Mouth” is a feisty bar owner who presses on when his neighborhood institution comes under threat. Born before the Civil Rights era, these men have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes, from the Stonewall Riots and gay liberation, to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and Queer Nation, to gay marriage and Lady Gaga, and have lived to become part of an unprecedented “out” elder generation. Before focuses on the lives of these three gay seniors, but reminds us that while LGBT elders face a specific set of issues, aging and its challenges are universal. An affirmation of life and human resilience told with a refreshing humor and candor, Before confirms that you are never too old to reshape society.

Q&A with director PJ Raval and subject Ty Martin.

Read an interview with Ty about tonight’s event from www.Harlemfocus.com.

The 5 and Diamond – Whatever You’re Proud About – Come Celebrate!

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Today Sunday, June 30th all day long and into the evening hours come celebrate Harlem Pride at The 5 and Diamond on Harlem Restaurant Row!  Starting with the new weekly “Soulful Sunday Brunch” from 11 am to 5 pm getting a little funkier as the evening rolls on with DJ Bobby Morales.  Whatever you’re proud about, COME OUT AND CELEBRATE!

2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd (between 112th & 113th Street)

Harlem Pride 2013 in New York City this Weekend

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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.

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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.

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Breaking News – NY Approves Marriage For Same Sex Couples – Happy Harlem Pride!


By HarlemGuy

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.

  • On June 24th President Obama said “I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country.”
  • 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.

Happy Harlem Pride.