Start spreading the news: NYC is still one of the gayest destinations in the world! The iconic Stonewall Riots, which kicked off the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement with a brick or two in happened here, and today the neighboring boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens also boast thriving queer residents, businesses, and nightlife. There are multiple LGBTQ festivals, events, and marches all across the boroughs every year, most famously the annual NYC Pride, which takes place in Manhattan on the last weekend in June and encompasses a day-long march on Sunday followed by the evening Dance on the Pier fundraiser, which has featured performances by gay icons including Madonna, Grace Jones, Kylie Minogue, and Cher. Celebrating its 29th year in , Queens Pride is the NY metropolitan area's second-largest Pride celebration with approximately 40, spectators, according to their website. Later in the summer, the five-day Black Pride Festival sees about 10, visitors from around the globe attend its events.
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Charles Kaiser, author of The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America , wrote that in the era after World War II , "New York City became the literal gay metropolis for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from both within and without the United States: the place they chose to learn how to live openly, honestly and without shame. The Stonewall Inn, located at 51 and 53 Christopher Street , along with several other establishments in the city, was owned by the Genovese crime family. Once a week a police officer would collect envelopes of cash as a payoff; the Stonewall Inn had no liquor license. It was the only bar for gay men in New York City where dancing was allowed;  dancing was its main draw since its re-opening as a gay club.
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By Jenna Wortham. On a recent night on the dance floor at Elsewhere Bar in Brooklyn, the air was heavy with sweat, joy and sorrow. For many, in big cities and beyond, the club can exist as a rare space where we feel free from the responsibility of representation and the pressures of monetization. In , the optics of gay liberation are paradoxical.
After being called "faggot" three times during the past summer while walking in the once-predominantly-gay neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City, we decided to move. We loved Chelsea, but we had to leave her because she is not the same gay neighborhood that we remember. The iconic gay neighborhood of the past has been changed for the worse by the neo-hetero-homophobic-heterosexist transplants, who have relocated to New York City from small towns throughout the United States, bringing with them their small minds. This drastic and dramatic change started slowly in and much more quickly in