The fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings will see one of the largest deluges of tourists for a pride event anywhere and NYC officials want to make sure they are safe. Last night, that was the topic of discussion at a pre-Pride event.
“The LGBTQIA+ community has been so instrumental in forming the New York nightlife scene,” said Ariel Palitz, Senior Executive Director, Office of Nightlife to WPIX 11. “These are safe and liberating spaces.”
“A lot of people are coming to New York, it’s important to stay safe, stay together, be vigilant but realize it’s a welcoming community,” said nightlife journalist Michael Musto. “There are many activities and so many bars to go to.”
Musto moderated a panel that included: drag queen and nightlife personality Kevin Aviance, and popular DJs Mary Mac and Ty Sunderland.
Both Johnson and Rivera have passed away, but they will forever be remembered for their activism and charity work, notably with the AIDS organization Act Up. “Their fight for LGBTQ equality inspired change, not just here but around the world,” said Corey Johnson, the New York City Councilmember who is openly gay and HIV positive.