|Melissa Etheridge kicked off the festivities (photos: Lawrence Pfeil Jr)|
By Lawrence Pfeil, Jr.
Grammy Award winner, Melissa Etheridge took to the stage opening the evening with her brand of ferocious acoustic music which has inspired both the LGBT+ community as well as cancer survivors for decades.
Comedian Margret Cho brilliantly hosted the evening with hilarious observations on gay men.
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I think Lawrence was trying to tell me something 😉
Broadway’s The Prom stopped by strutting their stuff in a celebration of Love is Love with the entire cast thrilling the audience with the show’s finale, “It’s Time to Dance.”
|Mel C – ‘Sporty Spice’ – of the Spice Girls|
Big electrifying numbers from MNEK, Spice Girl Melanie C with Sink the Pink, and Jake Shears wowed the capacity audience, but it was an unexpected small moment that spoke to the occasion.
Those who came together last night as a global community united in pride were not prepared for what happened next.
Leave the world behind you — @Deborah_Cox has taken the stage at the #WorldPrideNYC Closing Ceremonies in #TimesSquare! pic.twitter.com/fMYmLHlGS0
— Times Square (@TimesSquareNYC) July 1, 2019
Cox talked about spending 18 months touring in The Bodyguard the Musical in Whitney Houston’s iconic role. On the giant video screen, a rainbow ribbon could be seen on her dress.
She explained, it wasn’t just a rainbow ribbon but an “Orlando Ribbon,” given to her by a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub massacre. Dedicated to their memory she sang, “I Will Always Love You” as tears streamed our cheeks.
Amazing @Deborah_Cox #iIWillAlwaysLoveYou ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #Pride #WorldPride #NYCPride #Stonewall50 #DeborahCox #Gyom63 @TimesSquareNYC @NYCPride pic.twitter.com/UaZ9DNC8Oo
— guill@ume (@Gyom63) July 1, 2019
I don’t know if at Pride Island they could hear what was happening in Times Square; but if they did, what they heard was, “Madonna, go home and try again.”
Deborah “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here” Cox Threw. It. Down. and blew it up! Taking a crowd from emotional heartbreak to ecstatic joyous dance party like it’s nothin but a thing takes a fierce dancefloor diva. It was a feat not many performers could pull off. Deborah Cox didn’t just drop the mic, she dropped it, buried it, never to be seen again.
|Empire State Building lit up in rainbow for Pride|