Last year, celebrating pride was a different experience. It was following the Pulse shooting in Orlando and I was hyper sensitive to my surroundings. I didn’t want to drink or be in large groups of people.

Last year I was interviewed by Mic for an article called, In the Wake of Orlando shooting, NYC’s 2016 Pride Will Go on and it did, but not without vigilance. I felt that this was truly devastating and all the more reason to be proud of who we are. I was quoted in the article saying,

“I should be allowed to celebrate. Who I am is a celebration.”

As we go into this weekend celebrating, Pulse is not something that should be forgotten. The fight within the queer community has only just begun. There is a lot of work to do on inclusivity, and respecting one another’s existence, especially for trans people of color. Specifically recognizing Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera who are responsible for leading the Stonewall riots in 1969. Do you know how many gay people don’t know that?

Be safe and have fun, but know who gave you the privilege to do that. If you are like me and on a budget, I have listed the FREE activities below.

Friday, June 23

The NYC Drag March – Tompkins Square Park, 7th to 10th between Ave A and B, 7-10pm

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Finale Viewing Party – Syndicated, 40 Bogart St, Brooklyn, 7-10pm

Saturday, June 24

New York City Dyke March – Starts at Bryant Park, 42nd and Fifth Ave, 4:30pm

Sunday, June 25

The March  – Gay Pride parade in NYC begins at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and ends in the West Village

Pride Fest – Hudson & 13th st, annual LGBT street fair that combines vendors, entertainers, and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality, 12-6pm

For other ticketed events visit NYC Pride Guide. This post is honor of:

  • Stanley Almodovar III, age 23
  • Amanda Alvear, 25
  • Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33
  • Antonio D. Brown, 30
  • Darryl R. Burt II, 29
  • Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
  • Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
  • Luis D. Conde, 39
  • Cory J. Connell, 21
  • Tevin E. Crosby, 25
  • Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50
  • Deonka D. Drayton, 32
  • Mercedez M. Flores, 26
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
  • Juan R. Guerrero, 22
  • Paul T. Henry, 41
  • Frank Hernandez, 27
  • Miguel A. Honorato, 30
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
  • Jason B. Josaphat, 19
  • Eddie J. Justice, 30
  • Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25
  • Christopher A. Leinonen, 32
  • Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49
  • Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18
  • Kimberly Morris, 37
  • Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27
  • Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20
  • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
  • Eric I. Ortiz-Rivera, 36
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
  • Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
  • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
  • Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24
  • Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35
  • Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25
  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
  • Shane E. Tomlinson, 33
  • Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22
  • Luis D. Wilson-Leon, 37
  • Jerald A. Wright, 31

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