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Bronx LGBTQ Gay Pride July 18th

Join us on Saturday, July 18th in Crotona Park for our 3rd annual Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair! Hostesses Appolonia Cruz, Lady Clover Honey, and Vivika Westwood are going to WERQ it out for our community in Crotona park!

Music by DJ Chauncey Dandridge and DJ TK, with entertainment by numerous local LGBTQ talent, including our headliner, Aaron Paul — who’s come all the way from London, England to support us!


Crotona Park at the amphitheatre (between Indian Lake and the picnic area).




A Catholic high School has postponed a talk by a controversial priest
who encourages teens to “pray away the gay” — but the president of the
Bronx school defied angry gay groups by saying the lecturer will be invited back.

Father Donald Timone was scheduled to speak Tuesday night at Cardinal
Spellman High School about the Catholic group called Courage — which
encourages teens “struggling with same-sex attraction” to lead chaste

After outrage by lesbian and gay alumni, and some staffers, school
President Trevor Nicholls scrubbed the event — but this battle is not

Miss Coco Peru, the alter ego of Clinton Leupp, took to social media to rally
fellow graduates of Cardinal Spellman when she heard that a retired
priest affiliated with Courage, a Catholic group that encourages teens
who suffer from “same sex attraction” to stay away from sex, was
scheduled to speak at the school. The meeting has been canceled.

“It’s hard enough being a teenager,” said Spellman grad Clinton Leupp.
“I look back at all of the suffering I did. All of the bullying. And
something like this just fosters that environment.”

Leupp, better known by his drag persona Miss Coco Peru, used social
media to draw attention to the Timone lecture, causing its cancellation,
however temporary.


Gay Pride and Health Fair in the Bronx with Hundreds of Entertainers

 The new Bronx LGBTQ Center (the “Center”) is pleased to announce final details of its

2013 pride event, which will feature nearly 100 different entertainers, speakers, and organizations.
 The event will be held on “Keeping in line with doing things differently, our pride event will be different from other borough’s events at its very core  as  it  will  incorporate  a  health  fair,  where  over  12  health-oriented  organizations  will  provide  on-site  health screenings that will include rapid HIV testing, blood glucose/diabetes screenings & blood pressure testings, and more.
More than 40 organizations in total have signed on to provide information and outreach to pride participants,” statedPeter C. Frank, the Center’s secretary, who also chairs their pride committee.
This year’s event is co-hosted by internationally-renown drag entertainers Appolonia Cruz
& Tyra A. Ross, with Lady Clover Honey serving as the event’s Welcome Maven. Billboard
Top 20 and MTV/LOGO recording artist Adam Barta, who is a Bronx native, will headline the event: “I’m super-excited to be rocking it out in my hometown where I was born and raised!
Can’t wait to see how Bronx does it best. And I’m so happy to be supporting such a great, new
organization,” Mr. Barta exclaimed when recently speaking about performing. He will preview his new duet with RuPaul’s Drag Race Star Pandora Boxx in his performance on Saturday.
“I support the new Bronx LGTBQ Center because they have proven to me that they are
serious about helping our Bronx LGBTQ community by putting this much needed 2013 Bronx
Gay Pride Festival / Health Fair together with zero funding, based solely on donations from
our community and supporters. All the NYC boroughs had their Gay Pride Festivals this past June & the Bronx Needed one too,” Ms. Cruz stated.
The performances will run the gamut of genres ranging from opera singer David White to
hip-hop artist  Lovari. A host of drag entertainers will be on hand, including  Diva Jackie
Dupree, who delivers  an amazing  Whitney Houston performance using live  vocals. Indie
Latina band Rok Fairies, reggae singer Barnacle Bill, R&B artist India M., pop performance artist Shadina, and rising artists Caiike and Sylvestri are just some of the nearly 40 entertainers who will perform during the six-hour pride festival.
Scheduled to appear and speak during the event are both the only father-son  and mother-daughter team of elected officials representing one area: NYC Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo  and her mother, NYS Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo, along with NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano and his father, Congressman Jose E. Serrano, who will spend a significant portion of their day celebrating pride with their constituents. NYC Council Speaker  Christine C.Quinn will be on hand to celebrate with her fellow LGBTQ community, while Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.and other elected officials will also make appearances.
This year’s event was in jeopardy when the nascent organization was advised late last month of a few thousands of dollars in fees that needed to be paid to the NYC Parks Department, more than a month after they were advised the permit was approved. A number of organizations and individuals stepped forward since then to save the event: “We are thrilled to be able to support Bronx Pride in bringing these magical events to life for 2013. Giving back and helping to inspire the LGBTQ community has always been part of the mission for Heritage of Pride / NYC Pride. We are happy to be able to help in a time of need after coming off of an historic year for the community. We look forward to celebrating with our Bronx LGBTQ community members on July 20th,” says Heritage of Pride’s Managing Director, Chris Frederick.
Tym Moss, the Center’s president, added, “We are so very, very grateful to all of the individuals and organizations that came forward to ensure that our pride event would take place this year and the Bronx would not be forgotten, especially to Union Community Health Center, our neighbor to the South, Heritage of Pride / NYC Pride, and the Human Rights Campaign. And of course, we thank all of our entertainers & speakers, all of whom are so generously giving of their time.”at Crotona Park from 12 – 6 pm at the amphitheater south of Indian Lake, north of the picnic area.
Full details about the event can be found online at

Community Outreach TONIGHT in Bronx

Tonight – The Bronx LGBTQ Center will take to the streets this
evening to reach out to the community and fight back against homophobia,
transphobia, and discrimination.

They will be accompanied by Bronx Borough President Ruben
Diaz, Jr. and NYC councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. NYS Senator Jose
M. Serrano is expected to join the walk, as well.

The walk will begin at SCAN’s Mullaly Recreation Center
after a brief safety talk and proceed toward the Grand Concourse and

When: June 21st
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Mullaly Recreation Center, 40 East 164th Street, Bronx


Press Conference on Anti Gay Hate Violence in New York…

JUNE 7, 2013, THE BRONX, NY: “The Bronx LGBTQ Center (the “Center”) has gathered you here to announce a series of outreach initiatives to combat the anti-LGBTQ sentiment that begets incidents of hate violence highlighted by recent media reports of thirteen anti-gay attacks in Manhattan since May, as well as let the community know that we are here, and we are here to stay,” Tym Moss, the Center’s president, announced.

“We  are  working  closely  with  the  NEW YORK CITY ANTI-VIOLENCE PROJECT (AVP),  SCAN  NEW YORK, NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., UNION COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, the BRONX PRIDE COALITION,  IN THE LIFE MINISTRIES,  and the NYPD, all of  whom support our efforts, in developing programs to diminish the ignorance about our LGBTQ communities that results in homophobia, transphobia, and hatred,” Peter C. Frank, the Center’s secretary, stated.
Also in attendance were Chanel Lopez (New York City Anti-Violence Project’s Community-Based Counsel/Advocate), Minister Nakia Alford-Saunders,  Cesar Sanchez  (Bronx Pride Coalition representative),  Cynthia Thompkins, Esq.(founder of WAVE-NYC (women against violence everywhere), president of the 46th precinct community council, activist,and community leader), and Det. Thomas Verni (NYPD LGBT liaisons office). The three victims of hate crimes who were scheduled to speak –  did not appear. 
The Center announces  six outreach initiatives to combat anti-LGBTQ sentiment, homophobia, and transphobia:
First, we will bring AVP’s “Friday Community Safety Nights” program to The Bronx starting Friday, June 21.  Second, we will hold monthly town hall meetings, beginning in August.  Third, we are partnering with SCAN-NY’s GLAS program to bring their “Over the Rainbow” panels to The Bronx and some of our Town Halls.. 
Next is our 2013 Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair on July 20
Next, we are co-sponsoring self-defense workshops with NYC Council Speaker Quinn’s office that will be held in The Bronx. Finally, we will be sharing information and working on other programs with our partners and sponsors.
“We welcome the input of the community to guide us. Anyone can join our Center as a member and have a voice in our operations. We also want to let our LGBTQ communities know that there is a new center—a new resource—for them,” Moss advised. “Our initiatives will become a fixture in The Bronx for as long as they are needed,” Frank added.
Borough President Diaz proclaimed, “Our LGBT community is filled with hardworking, loving individuals who work each day as teachers, doctors, business men and women to uplift our neighborhoods and help shape the minds of our children. These are individuals who are being judged and harassed by close-minded criminals simply because of how they choose to live their lives. Enough is enough. We need to put a stop to these senseless acts of violence against our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community. We need to educate our communities with outreach programs like the ones being launched by the Bronx LGBTQ Center. The Bronx continues to be a partner in the fight for the human rights of our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community.”
“The LGBT community consists of vibrant, talented and hardworking individuals who are our neighbors, our friends, and our family members. These individuals should be celebrated and respected like all members of our community. It is extremely unfortunate that violent hate crimes targeting the LGBT community still occur. We must continue to work together to prevent and discourage hate crimes and create a safe environment for all members of society regardless of sexual orientation,” Senator Serrano exclaimed.
“AVP will continue working to create safety in all communities across New York City. We want to bring safety to every neighborhood and we encourage everyone to join us,” said  Sharon Stapel,  Executive Director,  New York City Anti-Violence Project, “We also know that people are deeply affected by this violence and AVP is here through our free, confidential, bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline: 212-714-1141.” For more information about AVP’s Community Safety Nights, visit AVP’s web site at


The Bronx LGBTQ Center hopes to begin operating its helpline in the near future. A number has already been reserved for that purpose: 347-LGBT-HLP. Currently, calls to this number are sent directly to voice mail.

New Yorks Bronx LGBT Center talks Anti-Violence June 7th

This Friday!  Bronx LGBTQ Center to Address Spike in Anti-LGBTQ Violence

On Friday, June 7th,
the new Bronx LGBTQ Center will address a recent and disturbing spike
in the number of incidents of anti-LGBTQ hate violence that have been
committed in NYC. 

At the event, the Bronx LGBTQ Center’s president, Tym Moss,
with the support of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., will
announce outreach initiatives that it will undertake to combat the
sentiment that begets such attacks.

In addition to Mr. Moss and Borough President Diaz, other
community leaders and organizations–including victims of these
attacks–will speak on this issue and join in support of the Center’s
outreach initiatives.

WHEN:       Friday, June 7, 2013

    Steps of the Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

        1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

 Peter C. Frank, secretary of the Bronx LGBTQ Center, 



Gay Pride New York 2013


I think it’s pretty hard to beat Gay Pride in New York! 40+ years since the Stonewall Riots…and LOOK how far we have come!

Two Years Following the Passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, NYC Remains Nation’s Most Popular LGBT Travel Destination, Attracting Visitors From Around the Globe.
Nearly 2 Million Expected to Attend Flagship Heritage of Pride Events this June.

NYC & Company,
New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership
organization, is highlighting several annual gay pride events taking
place throughout the City as the summer travel season begins.
Recognized as the number one LGBT travel destination in the United
States, New York City will be brimming with energy, diversity and
excitement. From the flagship Heritage of Pride events in
Manhattan—where nearly 2 million people are expected to attend—to
the diverse pride events and celebrations happening in the boroughs
outside Manhattan, New York City is the ideal destination for visitors
seeking a unique and festive pride experience.

“New York City is an
iconic destination for LGBT travel, particularly during our annual
Pride Week celebrations,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC &
Company. “Following the legalization of same-sex marriage
in New York two years ago, the City remains the most popular gay travel
destination in the United States. We encourage visitors from around the
world to book their travel now and experience the many pride
festivities taking place throughout the five boroughs.”

A full listing of NYC 2013 pride activity can be accessed at  Highlights of activity taking place throughout
the City, organized by borough, follows: 




Heritage of Pride,
which organizes the City’s flagship LGBT events and
commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked the modern
gay-rights movement, features the theme “Rain to Rainbows” for its
lineup of pride events this year.


years of inequality in this country we are finally turning the course
toward receiving full equality. While this won’t be achieved overnight
are proud of our community’s accomplishments over the last decade and
look to the future with a positive stance on the state of LGBT rights,”
said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of Heritage of Pride. “With the
Supreme Court deciding on same-sex marriage
days prior to NYC Pride’s largest day we are projecting an increase in
attendance to nearly 2 million individuals and are excited to welcome
the world with open arms.”

The PrideFest street fair, now in its 20th year, will take place on
Sunday, June 30, 11am–6pm. Thousands of visitors attend the event at
Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street each
year, joining locals, corporate sponsors, community leaders and business

With Edith Windsor (the central figure
in the case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act), Harry
Belafonte (singer, songwriter and longtime social activist) and Earl
Fowlkes (president and CEO of the
Center for Black Equity) as the grand marshals, The March will
take place on Sunday, June 30, at noon. The parade, which has taken
place to celebrate the gay community since 1970, begins at 36th Street
and Fifth Avenue and ends in Greenwich Village.
Free registration is now open online.

Three events will take place at Pier 26 (on the West Side Highway; attendees should cross at Laight Street) this year:


The Rally will take place on Friday, June 28, 7–10pm, showcasing speakers and well-known
performers in honor of the first NYC pride rally that occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots.

Rapture on the River,
one of the nation’s largest ladies-only dance events, will celebrate
its 10-year anniversary on Saturday, June 29, 3–10pm. Tickets
are available online.

On Sunday, June 30,
Dance on the Pier is back for its 27th year with
award-winning DJs and the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display
along the Hudson River. The event, 3–10pm, is the official close to NYC
Pride events. Tickets are available

To purchase tickets, register and access a comprehensive list of all events, visit or follow Heritage of Pride on Twitter (
or on Facebook (




Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in partnership with Boogie Down Pride and Brainpower, will host the third annual
Bronx LGBT Allies Award Ceremony on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6pm,
at the Rotunda at 851 Grand Concourse. The event will honor individuals
who have made positive contributions to the LGBT community in the
Bronx. For more information, go to




York City’s most populous borough celebrates gay pride with events on
Saturday, June 8. Brooklyn Pride 2013 features the 16th annual
Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run through the historic Prospect Park. Runners must sign up at (limited to 500 participants). Runners can check in at 8am; the
race starts at 10am.


Also on June 8, visitors and locals can attend the
Brooklyn Pride Festival, 11am–5pm at a new location, on
Fifth Avenue, between Third and Ninth Streets. This year’s festival will
feature two stages for local performers and LGBT–friendly sports teams
that will be playing behind the Old Stone House
at J.J. Byrne Park.

At 7:30pm, the Brooklyn Pride Parade will begin at a new location, at Sterling Place, and march down Fifth Avenue, ending at Ninth Street.


For more information, please visit




On Sunday, June 2, Queens Pride, which promotes education and awareness of LGBT issues in the borough, hosts its
Parade and Multicultural Festival, noon–6pm, in Jackson Heights,
with the theme “Equality. Everyday. Everyone.”  The parade starts at
85th Street and 37th Avenue at noon, and will follow 37th Avenue through
75th Street. Also starting at noon, the festival
will take place through 6pm on 37th Road between 74th and 77th Streets.
Parade participants will have the opportunity to win “Queenie Awards,”
ranging from the best use of color to the best drag performance.


For more information and to register for the events, go to


Staten Island


The Staten Island LGBT Community Center hosts the
LGBT Pride Parade & Festival 2013 in the St. George
neighborhood on Saturday, June 1, noon–5pm. The parade kicks off at noon
at on Central Avenue at Slosson Terrace, ending at Tompkinsville Park,
where the festival will feature LGBT–friendly entertainment,
amusements and vendors till 5pm.


For more information and to register for the events, visit or


Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair

BRONX Gay Pride 2013. 

The Bronx LGBTQ Center last month announced plans to produce a 2013
Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair on Saturday, July 20th this year.
The tentative location is set for Barretto Point Park, from 12-6pm.

“We believe this pride festival will be different from any
other LGBTQ Pride event produced, as we will be offering limited free
health services and screenings as part of the day, in cooperation with
Union Community Health Center, who is one of our main sponsors and will
be providing many of these free health services and screenings,” stated
Bronx LGBTQ Center president Tym Moss. “There will be other
health-organizations there as well, all working in partnership with one
another to serve our LGBTQ communities in The Bronx. We look forward to
bringing as many organizations and individuals together to celebrate
LGBTQ Pride in The Bronx and ensure that everyone remains as healthy as
possible,” he concluded.
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Gay Pride all over New York City and Beyond

Gay pride Month all over NEW YORK!!

Brooklyn Pride  June  6-9, 2012

Long Island Pride  June 9

Maplewood  NJ  Pride   June  9

Rockland County  June 10

Hudson valley Pride  June 15-17

The Big Rally  NYC   June 16

Garden Party for The Center  June 18

Dyke March    June  23

Harlem Pride   June 23

The main events – New York City Pride
aka  Heritage of Pride

Rapture on the River  June  23

The March! Biggest in the world!   with Cyndi Lauper  June 24

PrideFest    June  24

The Pier Dance  June 25


Habitat for Humanity New York City First Unity Build, June 12


Due to popular demand, and in honor of Gay Pride Month, Habitat for Humanity – New York City will host its first annual Unity Build on Friday, June 12, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the nonprofit’s South Bronx construction site.
Volunteers from the LGBT community are invited to help build affordable Habitat-NYC homes for families in need. No construction experience is necessary, but participants must be 16 or older and pre-registered. Lunch, tools and training will be provided.
Unity Build participants are asked to raise a minimum of minimum of $250, which helps finance the construction of the homes. Habitat-NYC provides an online fundraising tool and support that makes is easy for individuals to reach their goals.


“Habitat-NYC celebrates the great diversity of New York City, and we are pleased to bring members of the LGBT community together to build affordable, eco-friendly and healthy homes for hardworking New York families,” said Josh Lockwood, Executive Director of Habitat-NYC.
Working on a Habitat-NYC Unity Build construction site is a great way to learn new skills, network, make new friends and work alongside people skilled in construction and some of the families who will own these homes.
To ensure site safety, Habitat-NYC can accommodate only 20 volunteers on site. To learn more about Unity Build, or to register, please go to Habitat NYC, click on Events and follow the links to Unity Build, or contact James Andrews at or 212-991-4000 x. 330.

Habitat for Humanity – New York City transforms lives and our city by building quality homes for families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.

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