"Cue the balloons, the confetti, the tequila!"



Milk.xyz's NYC Pride Guide

Y’all can you smell that? The faint scent of poppers dancing blissfully in the air? What about that noise, do you hear that? The vague chanting of legendary Ru Paul quotes by NYC’s favorite drag queens in the distance? “You betta don’t,” shouts Aquaria“Sissy that walk,” cries Wench. It must be that time! Yes, the most wonderful time. The time where miraculously all bagels are rainbow bagels, everyone’s board shorts are swapped for speedos and all trade on Grindr is 0 feet away. You guessed it, it’s New York City Pride Week! Cue the balloons, the confetti, the tequila!

While the past year since the Pulse nightclub shooting has been a difficult one politically, socially, mentally, our community of queers stands stronger than ever. This year’s Pride Month (otherwise known by Trump as June) has seen a number of valiant efforts by our very own sisters, including GAG’s One Year Pulse Memorial at Stonewall, the Grindr-sponsored Pride Ride transporting a fleet of Manhattan gays to the D.C. Equality March and many other fun-raising fundraising events. It doesn’t stop there though! In fact, it has only just begun… The festivities continue in great anticipation of New York City’s Pride Parade! We bequeath upon thou the Milk.xyz NYC Pride Guide below.

Tuesday, June 20th

Susanne Bartsch Presents: On Top! at the Standard

What: Is it any surprise to you that this classic queer carousal is throwing a Pride party? Did I just use the word carousal? The answers to those questions are no and yes respectively. Hosted by a classic New York nightlife queen, Susanne Bartsch, featuring performances by the one and only Amanda Lepore and esteemed performance artist Joey Arias, this night at the top of the Standard, like every other, is one you won’t want to miss. PSA: Bring your best looks.

When: 10pm – 4am

Where: Le Bain at the Standard, High Line, 444 W 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

For more info and updates, click here

Thursday, June 22nd

Frankie Sharp Presents Public’s New York Gay Pride Launch PartyWhat: With a name like that, proclaiming itself THE launch party for Pride, it better deliver and oh boy are Frankie Sharp and Public Hotel delivering. With not only a performance by the beloved Rupaul’s Drag Race contestant Nina Bonina Brown, but also a “love battle” between the Houses of Labeija and Ninja, it is undoubtedly worthy of your attendance. Oh, and should you need to come up for some air (or a cigarette), there will also be a secondary party, LINDA, hosted on the hotel’s roof top by the Misshapes. Ay papi…

When: 10pm – late

Where: Public Arts, 215 Chrystie

For more info and updates, click here

Friday, June 23rd

TransJustice 13th Annual Trans Day of ActionWhat: Sisters of the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming communities are being called to action along with their allies in the 13th annual TransJustice Day of Action. Along with recognizing the thirteen years of resistance to oppression that the community has been practicing, the day also celebrates the launch of a campaign aimed at making cultural and systematic changes to housing for the trans and gender nonconforming public. Bring your banners, signs and friends to march in support and solidarity!

When: 2PM – 5PM

Where: Washington Square Park

For more info and updates, click here

GAYLETTER’s Pride Ping Pong Party + Rupaul’s Drag Race Finale

What: Ping pong and the season finale Rupaul’s Drag Race… Need we say more? The idea of drag queens and sports, while before was seemingly incomprehensible, has now proven not only possible, but also really fucking appealing. Join the GAYLETTER team at this ultimate kiki full of drama, drag and balls. Go Pride!

When: 7pm – 12am

Where: Spin New York, E 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

For more info and updates, click here

Saturday, June 24th

What A Drag! @ Wythe Hotel
What: Join some of New York’s hautest queens, Dauphine of Bushwick and Horrorchata, at the Wythe Hotel for Tea 5000—pregaming the Pride Parade a day early. If you make it until 7, you can join the fellas of GAYLETTER for their official Pride event hosted by Hannah Lou and none other than miss Aquaria. Yeah, it’s a fucking party at the Wythe on Saturday. Oh! Forgot to mention… The first hour is open bar, so don’t be late sweeties.

When: 3pm-9pm

Where: Wythe Hotel

For more info and updates, click here

Pride BBQWhat: For those of you looking for a more chill, gluttonous way to celebrate Pride this year, look no further. Nowadays, a beer garden in Ridgewood is hosting a barbecue all day with queer DJs and musicians performing throughout. Entry is free, food obviously is not, but make sure to reserve here!

When: Noon-2am

Where: Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385

For more info and updates, click here 

GAYLETTER’s Pride After PartyWhat: Continuing the festivities, GAYLETTER is continuing their pride celebration from the Wythe rooftop to Public Arts, the basement level club of Ian Schrager’s latest hotel. Come through at 11pm and stay until late to party with hosts including porn star Sean Ford, NYC it-boy Vinrip and drag queen Kandy Muse at NYC’s newest and hottest after-hours spot. Bring your best looks, your dancing shoes and anything rainbow!

When: 11pm – late

Where: Public Hotels, 215 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

For more info and updates, click here.

Frankie Sharp’s Metrosensual

What: In this ultimate Pride night, Brooklyn’s gayest bar comes together with Chicago’s fiercest queen. Get down to some sweet mixes spun by DJ Frankie Sharp and shake your culo with Shea Couleé, a finalist on Rupaul’s Drag Race that calls herself “equal part Bougie and Banjee.” Aren’t aren’t we all?

When: 9pm – 4am

Where: Metropolitan Bar, 559 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Grindr’s Slumbr CampWhat: Grindr is answering your gay, wet, hot American summer dreams with their annual Slumbr Camp Pride event. Hosted in queer mecca, Fire Island, this slumber party is sure to meet, and probably exceed, all of your expectations. Though reservations close in a few days, you better find a place to stay like, yesterday, for Fire Island is a hot locale for the queer community during this prime mating season. The weekend will include surprise performances, craft activities, some poolside hotties and even a camp formal.

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: The Pines Club, Fire Island

For more info and updates, click here

Sunday, June 25th 

NYC PRIDE PARADEWhat: This is it. The official Pride event of, like, the world? Is that too egocentric or just brutally honest? This year, for the first time ever, the parade will be broadcasted on ABC, which many have criticized while others have celebrated. Either way you see it, don’t forget the true reason for the existence of this glorious event. Starting from small riots and marches in Chicago, San Francisco and New York City, Pride has evolved into a globally recognized month in the calendar year. That’s pretty damn amazing and we have every reason, right and responsibility to celebrate said accomplishments, be proud of what we do for each other within the community and continue to fight for equality, because the struggle is nowhere near over.

Gays Against Guns invites you to march with them, commemorating the 49 lives taken from the Pulse Orlando shooting last year. They are meeting at a staging area on 41st street between Park & Madison avenues at 10:00am.

When: Noon – 11pm

Where: Starts at 36th Street and 5th Avenue, marching down to the West Village

For more info and updates, click here

Truth or Dare: A Madonna PartyWhat: I said a Boom Boom Room, let me hear you say way-O! Ty Sunderland, one of downtown Manhattan’s hottest nightlife DJs has organized the ultimate Pride party in a legendary venue that has hosted a multitude of events ranging from Rihanna afterparties to a Grindr pajama party. After a few hours of parade-marching, get your ass to the Boom Boom Room at the top of the Standard hotel in Meatpacking to witness ultimate lip sync performances to some of Madonna’s greatest hits by your favorite one-name drag queens Wench and Aquaria. Did someone say lip sync for your life???

When: 3pm – 9pm

Where: Boom Boom Room

For more info and updates, click here.

DRØME Presents: No Place Like HomoWhat: Okay, yes. All of it. Yes. DRØME is presenting arguably one of the best themed Pride parties in not Kansas. Get your red glitter pumps (we know you have them) and your best Tin Man looks for this ultimate Wizard of Oz dance party celebrating Pride!!! Hosted by the likes of NYC nightlife legend Nicky Ottav and couture-clad club kid Kyle Farmery, with techno tunes spun by Coven King and Blu DeTiger to name a few. There is certainly no place like homo. Find out for yourself on Sunday.

When: 10pm – Late

Where: Good Room, 98 Meserole Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222

For more info and updates, click here

Images courtesy of each event’s respective Facebook page.

Stay tuned to Milk for more on this glorious month of LGBTQ goodness! 

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