2024 Pride Month: Local Events

Photo from the 2023 Huntington Pride Parade by Katheryn Laible

Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan when, following a raid of a then-illegal gay bar that included invasive personal inspections to validate individuals’ gender identities, folks of all stripes took to the streets to demand their right to exist and be openly themselves. 
 
This was an extraordinary eruption of the human spirit that is seen as a tipping point in the Gay Rights movement. You can read about it here at the Library of Congress, the National Geographic, and the History Channel websites.
 
Fundamentally, it’s a celebration and affirmation of the broad spectrum of humans who may not fit neatly into cultural conceptions of gender, and a recognition that the biology of gender and sexuality is actually quite complex. It honors the significant contributions to society made by LGBTQ folks, asserts their fundamental right to exist, and welcomes them as our neighbors, family and friends.
 
Here are a couple local events:

 

Sunday, 6/9, 12-5pm in Huntington Village: The “34th Annual Long Island Pride Parade” will kick-off at 12pm, beginning at the intersection of Clinton Ave. and Main St. Participants will march to the intersection of Main St. and Prime Ave., where a festival and concert will immediately follow in Heckscher Park. In coordination with LI Pride, which organizes the overarching event, The Hesckscher Museum will host a related “Price Celebration” of community art making and appreciation.
 
This is part of a series of events, others of which include 6/10 in Freeport, 6/20 in Bay Shore and 6/24 in Greenport.
 
Saturday, 6/15, 12-5pm Northport Village: There was a flag raising the week prior at Village Hall. Now, this weekend,
community members will come together in the spirit of “All Are Welcome Here” to hold the “The Northport Pridefest” in the waterfront village
park.
 
Other local Pride Month parades and events may be found in Newsday (Mind the paywall. Please support quality local journalism).