“We all came into this world naked,” says RuPaul. “The rest is all drag.”
There is no better place to dance in drag -- or naked -- than New York City. And there is no better time to do so, than the NYC Pride March.
The first Pride March in 1970 was a civil rights protest in defense of sexual freedom. Each year since, folks identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual, asexual, and their allies, have rallied to march, sing, dance, speak, and revel in the thriving community they’ve fought to create and sustain.
Throughout history, the scope of the movement has evolved to honor those living with AIDS, sexual violence, and neglect. The catalog of sexual preferences and identities we celebrate and protect has broadened. The sentiment remains: we will not stand for discrimination on the basis of sexuality. And everyone has the right to love whomever they love.
Somewhere along the line, this celebration of the right to love became a gigantic party. Last year, over 450 groups took to Fifth Avenue, making it one of the largest Pride celebrations in history. And on Sunday, June 24, after a month of Pride events, history repeats itself. Once again, New York City is poised to emit a rainbow glow at the glittery spectacle that has become a staple of summer in the city.
Here is everything you need to know to March for Pride this Sunday: