ORGANISERS of New York City Pride have announced that their city will host WorldPride for 2019 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1969 Stonewall Riots.
NYC Pride was born from the city’s historic Stonewall Riots of 1969, which is widely considered a pivotal moment in the LGBTI liberation movement and the birth of worldwide pride parades.
The riots also had an impact in Australia. In June 1978, a group of Sydneysiders took to the streets to mark the anniversary of Stonewall, only to be met with heavy-handed police action. The protests that followed soon became an annual event, hence marking the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
WorldPride aims to promote LGBTI issues, visibility and pride to an international audience and it was first launched in Rome in 2000 by Paul Stenson from InterPride.
The event happens on a sporadic basis every few years, with the next to take place in Madrid in 2017. Past host cities have included Jerusalem (2004), London (2012) and Toronto (2014).
Watch the trailer for WorldPride in NYC: