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Dear BGC Friends,

Happy Pride! LGBTQ+ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Take a look at BGC’s running Collaborative Resource List, and keep scrolling for some readings, events, and activities to celebrate!


Nadia & Maggie


Readings:’s PRIDE

How the AIDS Quilt Allowed Millions to Memorialize the Epidemic

Reading the rainbow: The origins of the pride symbol

The First Pride Marches, In Photos

NYC Events:

Frontrunners Pride Run
June 26 at 7 am
Central Park
Free for the Virtual 5K and tickets starting at $25 for the in-person 6K

As NYC continues its reopening efforts, this year’s 40th Annual LGBT Pride Run has been transformed into a hybrid event. NYC Pride’s partners, NYRR, will be offering an in-person 6K (capacity is limited), as well as a Virtual 5K.

June 27 at 11 am
Greenwich Village (4th Avenue between 13th and 9th Street)
Open to the Public

Going into its 27th year, PrideFest is thrilled to be BACK for their annual LGBTQIA+ street fair that combines exhibitors, entertainers, food and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality.

Visit for more events, resources, and information.

Online Events:

American Indian Museum’s Youth in Action: Indigenizing Pride | Juventud en acción: Indigenizando el Orgullo LGBTQ+
June 17 at 4 pm
Free; Registration Required

How does identity influence activism? Many tribal nations have always recognized multiple genders and those who possess both male and female spirits. Native people who identify as more than one gender or possessing both spirits sometimes refer to themselves as Two Spirit. In celebration of Pride Month, hear from Indigenous youth working in the fields of education, health, cultural heritage and the arts to amplify Two Spirit and Native LGBTQ+ voices and issues.

National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek: Portraits for LGBTQ+ Pride Month
June 23 at 5 pm
Free; Registration Required 

Join NPG’s senior historian Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and curators Jonathan Katz and David Ward for a discussion of the landmark exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture (2010). This program will examine the intent behind the exhibition, discuss the process of bringing it to the public, the controversy that surrounded it, and its subsequent legacy.


LAURA AGUILAR: Show and Tell
Leslie Lohman Museum of Art
On view until June 26; open Friday–Sunday
Free with recommended donation

Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell is the first comprehensive retrospective of photographer Laura Aguilar (b. 1959, San Gabriel, CA; d. 2018, Long Beach, CA), assembling more than 70 works produced over three decades. Through photographs and videos that are frequently political as well as personal, and which traverse performative, feminist, and queer art genres, Aguilar offers candid portrayals of herself, her friends and family, and LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities.

Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove
New York Historical Society
On view until October 11

During weekends and summers in the pre-Stonewall era, gay men and women, including many New Yorkers, traveled to the secluded beach town of Cherry Grove on Fire Island where they found opportunities for sexual exploration and self-expression—behavior that was both stigmatized and criminalized in the straight world. On view outdoors in New-York Historical’s rear courtyard, this exhibition explores the gay and lesbian community that flourished during the 1950s in Cherry Grove through some 70 enlarged photographs and additional ephemera from the unique holdings of the Cherry Grove Archives Collection. 

Not Another Second: LGBT+ Seniors Share Their Stories
The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights
On view until September 30

Twelve LGBTQ seniors. Nearly 500 collective years lost while hiding their lives due to discrimination. This is the subject of German photographer Karsten Thormaehlen’s Not Another Second a photography and film exhibit currently on display at The Watermark in Brooklyn Heights (the building also happens to be a senior living center). Through a series of interviews shared with AR technology, visitors get to experience the emotional journeys of individuals who lived through monumental moments like the Stonewall Uprising and the AIDS crisis and helped usher in freedoms enjoyed by a new generation.