On Saturday June 18th 2011 we made our way to Fifth Avenue and 72nd street and into Central Park. Following the trail over to Rumsey play field where the Rally took place. Upon entering the play field area we were greeted by Target employees directing us to the PridePop truck (pictured) for a free ice pop and then are attention was directed towards the stage as Ross Mathews (Jay Leno’s intern, pictured) host of this years rally was gleefully welcoming in Pride week NYC. On stage with Ross was comedian Christine O’Leary (pictured).
They introduced the various LGBT entertainment and Speakers which were on stage with proud messages of their struggles and triumphs in the LGBT community. Among the performers was Lavender Light Gospel Choir (pictured), Oh Land (Denmarks answer to Iceland’s Björk). Also making appearances was The Imperial Court of New York (pictured) and the cast from the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dan Gershaw, Lady Zen and Paper Doll (pictured)
Words of inspiration was provided by Noah Lewis, Raachel Tivin and Damian Furtch (Hate crime Victim, pictured). The day was hot but the crowd cheered and a good time was had by all while making a statement.