50 YEARS of PRIDE: Celebrating New York City’s First Pride March

June 25, 2020 | 6:30PM to 7:30PM

“Never in history had so many gay and lesbian people come together in one place and for a common endeavor.” – Lillian Faderman, historian

** FREE **

On June 28, 1970, to mark the one-year anniversary of Stonewall, thousands joined the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, now known as the Pride March. At the time, it was the largest gathering of LGBT people in one place for a common purpose and greatly contributed to solidifying the significance of Stonewall in LGBT history.

Join us to honor the 50th Anniversary of this event and the individuals whose behind-the-scenes efforts made the event a reality — in particular Craig Rodwell, whose vision and determination set the tone for a new generation of activists and changed the course of history. Featuring Project co-directors Andrew Scott Dolkart, Jay Shockley and Ken Lustbader.

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express, Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Co. Foundation.



6:25PM — Zoom check-in and chat
6:30PM — Kick-off by Project co-director Ken Lustbader
6:35PM — Virtual presentation and celebration of the 1970 Christopher Street Liberation Day March, including its planning and those involved in organizing. Presented by Project co-directors Andrew Scott Dolkart, Ken Lustbader and Jay Shockley
7:15PM — Q&A
7:30PM — Conversation & Community



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  • On the evening of the event, click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email to check-in. At that time, you will be placed into the Waiting Room. Once our team has confirmed your registration with Eventbrite, you will be admitted. Please make sure the name/email used for registration via Eventbrite matches the display name on your Zoom. This is essential for a smooth check-in process and to avoid delays being admitted into the virtual event.
  • For event security, check in begins at 6:25PM and discussion starts promptly at 6:30PM.


Wear Your Pride with NEW “GAY” T-Shirt

May 29, 2020

Celebrate Pride with this graphic advertising New York City’s first-ever Pride March, held 50 years ago this June, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

Known then as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, this incredibly brave, public event attracted thousands of participants. The annual march contributed greatly to solidifying the significance of Stonewall in LGBT history.

Made in the USA from 100% ring-spun cotton. Unisex fit. Shirts run small; order one size up for a roomier fit. Price includes shipping and handling. T-shirts are expected to start shipping on June 5, 2020. Order no later than June 8th to ensure delivery in June. Order now >

New York City’s first ever Pride March was held on Sunday, June 28, 1970 (the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising), and, much to the organizers’ surprise, attracted thousands of participants. Known at the time as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the route began on Washington Place and ended with a “Gay-In” in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. Learn more >


#DamesAtHome: Virtual celebration of Caffe Cino and the Birthplace of Gay Theater

May 18, 2020 | 6:15PM to 7:30PM

Join the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project for #DamesAtHome, a *FREE* virtual celebration of the birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway and a haven for pioneering gay theater: the Caffe Cino. Held on the 54th anniversary of the premiere of “Dames at Sea,” the Cino’s most successful production ever, and the stage debut of Bernadette Peters.

Book and lyrics for “Dames at Sea” (1966) by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by James Wise, directed by Robert Dahdah. Other then-unknown gay playwrights and directors whose experimental, controversial, or campy works were staged at the Cino include: Doric Wilson, H.M. Koutoukas, Robert Heide, William M. Hoffman, Lanford Wilson, Tom Eyen, Jeff Weiss, Ronald Tavel, Jean-Claude van Itallie, David Starkweather, Charles Stanley, Paul Foster, and Robert Patrick, and for directors such as Marshall W. Mason, Tom O’Horgan, and Neil Flanagan.




Here’s what’s in store!

Project manager Amanda Davis will lead a virtually immersive Zoom tour through the history of the Caffe Cino, located at 31 Cornelia Street, in Greenwich Village, from 1958 to 1968.

6:15PM — Zoom check-in and chat

6:30PM — Kick-off by Project co-director Ken Lustbader

6:35PM — Virtual tour of the Caffe Cino with Amanda Davis

7:00PM — Q&A

7:15PM — Conversation & Community

In June 2019, during celebrations for #Stonewall50, the Cino was designated an NYC Individual Landmark by virtue of its significance in LGBT and theater history, thanks to the advocacy of the Project and other key allies. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.


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Caffe Cino, 1965. Photo by James D. Gossage.