Jonathan Groff, Rea Carey and Laverne Cox named Grand Marshals for 2014 New York City Pride

Laverne Cox, Jonathan Groff and Rea Carey

Heritage of Pride, organizers of NYC Pride and the annual New York City Pride March, has revealed the Grand Marshals for 2014’s New York City Pride March are trans activist and Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox, Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and Broadway, film, and television and Broadway actor Jonathan Groff.

Said March Director David Studinski: “Our 2014 marshals are leaders in brilliant forms of activism through which LGBT people and their allies engage. Individually, they represent the diversity within the LGBT community and the various struggles our community members have and continue to face. Collectively, their stories reinforce that no voice is too small nor weak to make change in our world – and it starts with being yourself.”

2014’s March will honor the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with the theme “We Have Won When We’re One.”

The two-mile march begins in Midtown Manhattan at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and proceeds down Fifth Avenue to the Village. It begins at noon on Sunday, June 29.

(via press release)

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis looks forward to marching in NYC Pride Parade with Bill Donohue

GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis underscores the invitation extended by NYC Pride to Catholic League president Bill Donohue to march in the
2014 NYC Pride parade.

“As a fellow Irish New Yorker, I’m hoping Bill will march with me at NYC
Pride. I look forward to the day when I can march openly with Bill in
the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and not be turned away because of who I
am.”

Lady Gaga makes surprise appearance at NYC Pride kickoff

Lady Gaga made an impromptu appearance at the kickoff of NYC Pride last night at Pier 26.

Giving props to Edie Windsor and Cher – appropriately so – she also treated the gays to a full-throated rendition of the National Anthem (with a slight nod to the marriage equality movement).

Check out the voice here, kids. Clearly not some “studio-processed” voice here. Go Gaga!

Happy Pride, NYC.

Happy Pride everyone!

Let’s dance.

Cher to headline NYC Pride “Dance on the Pier”

I know some folks in NYC are going to lose their minds over this one 🙂

Via press release:

The one and only Cher is headed to New York City to perform at the legendary, Dance on the Pier JUNE 30th, it was confirmed today by NYC Pride.

Cher will be performing her new single, “Woman’s World” from her upcoming cd scheduled to be released on September 24th on Warner Bros. Records in addition to several other hits.

“NYC Pride is thrilled to welcome Cher to the stage of this year’s Dance on the Pier! Her performance will be one of the most memorable in the history of this world-class party. Now in its 27th year, the Dance on the Pier continues a proud tradition of partnering with all-star talent to create a high-quality event that raises funds to support local LGBT non-profits and New York City’s annual Pride festivities,” says Chris Frederick Managing Director of NYC Pride.

Cher joins a long list of incredible performers who have taken the stage at the Dance. Artists such as Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Hudson and Cyndi Lauper have all been part of the world-famous event. Known internationally for her hit songs “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves,” “Dark Lady,” “Believe,” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” crowds can expect one of the most remarkable performances to date.

You can buy tickets by clicking here.

NYC: Pride ‘Dance on the Pier’ moves back outside

Last year, NYC Pride’s famous Pier Dance – which has closed gay pride festivities for the past 26 years – was forced to use an indoor venue for the first time due to their usual location was facing structural issues.

Via press release comes the news that “Dance on the Pier” has found a new outdoor home: Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in Tribeca on Sunday, June 30th.

NYC Pride is very excited about the move back to an outdoor venue. While last year’s Dance and Rapture were a great success and Pier 57 a phenomenal host, producing the event indoors was a detour from tradition necessitated by the loss of Hudson River Park’s Pier 54. Dancing unabatedly in full view of this great city is something that many of the events’ attendees have come to love and expect. It is with great pride that we bring the Dance and Rapture back outside to their rightful place in the sun.

“We wanted this year’s dance events to be more than just memorable; we wanted them to be historic. With Supreme Court decisions looming and major changes on the horizon, we felt it was our duty to bring these events back in line with their original intention: to be a celebration of acceptance, love and community, outdoors, for all to see! We look forward to creating another world-class dance experience that our attendees will love,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride.

NYC Pride announces Grand Marshals

NYC Pride announced today that DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor, along with Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes, will serve as Grand Marshals for the 44th annual NYC LGBT Pride March.

Via press release:

Edith Windsor will be taking her fight against DOMA all the way to the Supreme Court after paying more than $360,000 in federal estate taxes upon the death of her partner of 44 years.

Harry Belafonte has been a longtime advocate for civil rights and universal equality on a global scale.

Earl Fowlkes serves as the President/CEO of the Center for Black Equity, whose mission is to fight for health, social and economic equity in the Black LGBT community.

“We believe this year will be historic. LGBT rights are expanding across the country and these individuals embody the soul of a movement far from over. They are tirelessly fighting for all of us. They are the great waves in a sea of hope: Edith’s never-ending battle for marriage equality, Harry’s unending fight for human rights, Earl’s focused leadership and selfless spirit. So with great pride, we congratulate them and honor them for their unwavering dedication to the idea of a more just and verdant future for all peoples,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride.

For more on this year’s NYC Pride, visit their official site. This year’s March takes place on June 30.

Video: Olivia Newton-John soundcheck for NYC Pride Event “Bondi Beach” on Governor’s Island

I just got this emailed to me and thought I’d share this clip of Olivia Newton-John doing a bit of sound check of “Magic” for her appearance tonight at the NYC Gay Pride “Bondi Beach” event.  I like Olivia starts to dance a bit as the camera pans to the view.

You can download the new version of her mega-hit “Magic” from iTunes – click here. ALL proceeds go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

Sorry so short – it was all I got.  Emailing videos is a bit tough from an iPhone you know…

The view from the stage and dance area looks like it will be amazing for the event tonight. You can see where they are in the process of putting palm trees in place on the stage for that “beach” feel.

Weather’s finally cleared up – and with marriage equality having just passed last night in NY state I imagine there are some folks ready to dance tonight!

Olivia starting soundcheck onstage

View from the event dance floor

Event info: Saturday, June 25th @ 6:00pm // Bondi Beach on Governors Island. With Olivia Newton John, DJ Phil Romano and DJ Hector Romero. Governor’s Island, NYC.

Olivia will be singing about three dance songs (including the new remix of “Magic”) during the evening for some happy folks tonight. In addition to Olivia, the party features two of the best DJs in the business. Go out and have a good time kids!

For more information, please visit: www.fvevents.com.

Olivia and John at the Bondi Beach event in NYC – how about the view?