Ariana Grande Set To Headline NYC Pride “Dance On The Pier”

Ariana Grande will headline NYC Pride’s 29th annual Dance on the Pier, organizers announced today, joining a host of famous female alumni that have taken the main-stage at NYC Pride.

We’re excited to announce today that Ariana Grande will be belting out some of her most notable hits at NYC Pride’s largest fundraiser, Dance on the Pier.

The artist that brought us “Love Me Harder,” “Bang Bang,” “Problem,” and “Break Free” will be closing out the largest Pride celebration in the country. She will join a long list of historic acts that have graced the Dance on the Pier’s stage, including: the late Whitney Houston, Cher, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato and more!

The Dance on the Pier continues to be NYC Pride’s largest fundraiser and benefits numerous LGBT nonprofits within the New York metro area.

Boy Scouts of America to lead NYC Pride Parade

GLAAD shares the historic news that for the first time, New York-area Boy Scouts and members of the Brooklyn Chapter of Scouts for Equality will be among the groups leading the 44th Annual NYC Pride March:

Active and former Boy Scouts and leaders will present the American flag during the national anthem at the NYC Pride March opening ceremony and subsequently serve as Color Guard during the march, leading more than 14,000 participants down Fifth Avenue in a celebration of recent advancements made for LGBT equality.

Despite the BSA’s national policy that bans gay and lesbian adults from participating in Scouting, the Greater New York Councils, which serves nearly 150,000 Scouts in New York City, has previously stated its commitment to full inclusion of gay Scouts regardless of age.

“NYC Pride warmly welcomes Scouts for Equality to the route as our 2014 NYC Pride March Color Guard,” said NYC Pride March Director, Dave Studinski. “Our 2014 theme is ‘We Have Won When We’re One,’ and this message resonates well with Scouts for Equality’s mission. From their participation in our step-off ceremony through the moment they pass the historic Stonewall Inn, may the Scout’s joint display of our nation’s colors and the rainbow flag remind us all that the LGBT movement seeks not tolerance, but acceptance as equals.”

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

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.