BP Adams is throwing a reception to honor LGBTQ New Yorkers including Aja of RuPaul's Drag Race, journalist Charles Blow and activist Abby Stein.
Kick off LGBTQ Pride month with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Monday, June 4.
To celebrate the heritage of the LGBTQ community, the borough president is throwing a reception to honor a special group of LGBTQ New Yorkers including Aja of RuPaul's Drag Race fame, New York Times columnist Charles Blow, Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Jewish activist Abby Stein. And a party wouldn't be a party without a DJ and hence, DJ Mary Mac will be providing the soundtrack for the evening.
"Happy Pride! I'm proud that Brooklyn Pride and I will come together this Monday at the People's House to honor a special group of LGBTQ New Yorkers including Aja, Charles Blow, Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Abby Stein," announced Adams via twitter.
LGBTQ pride is a month-long celebration taking place every June across the country and the globe. It is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBTQ rights movements throughout the world.
First coordinated by Brenda Howard, known as the "Mother of Pride," the inaugural LGBTQ Pride march sparked the idea for a week of events around Pride Day, eventually evolving into the annual celebrations held every June.
But why in June? Because it was in June 1969 when the Stonewall Riots occurred, riots that were prompted by a raid that took place during the early morning, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. In response, the LGBTQ community held a series of spontaneous demonstrations to protest against the raid and calling for the establishment of places that gays and lesbians could go and be open about their sexual orientation without the fear of being arrested.
Don't hide your pride, as our borough president said, and join in the celebration this Monday, 6:00pm, at Brooklyn Borough Hall.