New York's huge Gay Pride fest launches with star-studded concert

Whoopi Goldberg to launch World Pride tonight at Barclay’s Center

Whoopi Goldberg to launch World Pride tonight at Barclay’s Center

Everyone is invited and encouraged to gather on the front steps and then proceed into the common room for the viewing of a short film by Hip Hughes which looks into gay history in the 20th century leading up to the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NYC.

A gay rights march in NY in favor of the 1968 Civil Rights Act being amended to include gay rights. In year's celebration marks a milestone for the event credited with triggering the modern movement for equal rights for LGBTQ Americans.

'We celebrate the progress we've made since Stonewall, rededicate ourselves to the fight for equality and pay homage to the fearless activists who came before us, ' he said.

A person marching in a gay rights parade along New York's Fifth Avenue on July 7th, 1979.

LGBTQ people will celebrate their many accomplishments toward equality in the five decades since, including winning the constitutional right to same-sex marriage through a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2015. They also want to highlight the still-precarious position of LGBTQ people in many parts of the world.

For most LGBTQ people, NY was a much more hostile place 50 years ago.

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The LGBT community resisted early-morning police raids.

While celebrating 50 years of progress, many LGBTQ activists are sounding the alarm about a series of Trump administration initiatives, including a ban on transgender people in the military, cuts in HIV/AIDS research and support for so-called religious freedom initiatives that eliminate LGBTQ protections. Pride Month is not just for the LGBTQ+ community, their loved ones and supporters. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people had become targets of harassment and beatings from the people who were supposed to protect them.

Laverne Cox said there is "an attack on transgender people happening in our country right now and really all over the world".

'I'm really really happy to be here and I can't wait'.

"What an incredible feeling being here on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall", they said.

At least 10 transgender people have been murdered in the United States in 2019 after 26 were killed in 2018 and 29 in 2017, according to Human Rights Campaign.

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