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TODAY, as the struggle for gay rights continues
Heritage of Pride hosts New York City’s Pride events in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the beginning of the modern Gay Rights movement.


Heritage of Pride works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing LGBT Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community.

HOP is a founding member of the International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Coordinators known as InterPride, a not-for-profit organization that provides support to over 180 groups that plan Pride events around the world. HOP is also a member of the following organizations: Northeast Regional Pride, NERP, an association of Pride committees in the Northeast United States; the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA; the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, NGLTF; and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, IGLTA.


Managing Director

Chris Frederick

Director of Operations

Britton Hogge

Executive Board


David Studinski & Maryanne Roberto Fine


Mario Longhi


Evan Watt

Development Director

Michele Irimia

Media Director

James Fallarino

Community Relations Director

Christie Takahashi

Human Resources Director

Maria Tamburro

March Director

Julian Sanjivan

Rally Director

Stephen Sheffer

PrideFest Director

Lori Roberto Fine

Teaze Director

Ice Ugbomah-Ragbir

Dance on the Pier Director

José Ramos

Stonewall 50 Director

David Schneider

Strategic Planning Director

Sue Doster



Early in the morning of June 28, the Stonewall Inn was raided by police, a then common occurrence at the Greenwich Village bar that had become a staple of New York City's underground gay community. But this time its members, tired of the ongoing raids, fought back, striking what would become known as The Stonewall Riots.


Christopher Street Unites!

A year after Stonewall, the first Gay Pride March was held by the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee to commemorate the riots.


The Struggle Gains Speed

One of the first major successes of the movement came when the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the DSM-II, where it had up until then been listed alongside pedophilia and zoophilia. The struggle continued, with Pride organizations forming in other major cities throughout the U.S. to remember Stonewall and continue its aim.


The Country Is Listening

In 1979, following the ten-year anniversary of Stonewall and the assassination of Harvey Milk, thousands took to the streets for the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. For ten years the struggle had been a collection of local ones, but for the first time, it garnered major national attention.


The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn

June 5th saw the first official documentation of AIDS, the disease which had come to be known as GRID5 (gay-related immune deficiency), 'gay cancer', 'community-acquired immune dysfunction' and 'gay compromise syndrome'. In September 1982, the CDC reported an average of one to two AIDS diagnoses in America every day. AIDS had struck the community hard and would continue to decimate the pioneers into the unforseeable future. But the struggle had already begun and the fight for civil liberties went on.


The March Continues

Pride celebrations commemorating Stonewall had been established in many major cities in the U.S. as well as around the world. Heritage of Pride was founded in 1984 to take over the planning of New York City Pride events from the disbanded Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee, former organizers of the March and Rally, and the Christopher Street Festival Committee, former.


A Bittersweet Policy

With a full decade of AIDS awareness and more than two decades since Stonewall, there was much to be thankful for, and yet, still so much to be done. For one, the U.S. Government had just passed Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The good news was that Gay Rights remained front and center at Capitol Hill. And on the streets of New York? Heritage of Pride took over the Christopher Street Festival, renaming it PrideFest.


Voices Connect Around The World

Obstacles, like the Defense of Marriage Act, continued to get in the way, but the community marched on. In 1997, Heritage of Pride hosted the 16th annual International Association of Lesbian & Gay Pride Coordinators conference, the first to have substantial participation from international committees.


Small Changes Make Way For Big Ones

Vermont passes first laws allowing for Civil Unions and Registered Partnerships among LGBT couples. Locally, Heritage of Pride struggles with the city over permit renewals for the banners that had been hung across Christopher Street for a decade. The conflict resolves in vertical streetlight banners along the entire route of the March as an alternative.


A First Win For Gay Marriage

For the first time, same sex marriage laws are officially passed in the state of Massachusetts. Laws continued to ban same-sex marriage in Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, and Utah. Further, Civil Unions were banned in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.


The Marriage Plot Thickens

In California, another victory for same sex marriage is swiftly struck down several months later when voters pass ballot initiative Proposition 8.


Marching Toward Marriage Equality

The past few years have seen several important victories for gay marriage. A federal court declared California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional, while Washington State, New Hampshire, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and - closest to home - New York all recognized same sex marriage. Though the struggle for gay marriage rights in all 50 states continues, progress is being made more quickly than ever before.



State lawmakers vote to make New York the sixth state in the nation, and the most populous thus far, to legally recognize same-sex marriages. The Big Apple joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia. The vote comes on the eve of Pride weekend, making the victory ever sweeter.



One of Heritage of Pride's 2013 Grand Marshals, Edie Windsor brings her fight against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) all the way to the US Supreme Court and wins! The Federal Government now recognizes same-sex marriages in states where they are legal. The fight doesn't stop here, as the list of states still banning same-sex marriages is long.