Illustration by Jansen Cumbie.
This weekend, THUMP honors Pride with a celebration of all aspects of LBGTQ nightlife in NYC and beyond. Follow our Pride Weekend coverage here.
Throughout June, the LGBTQ community celebrates how much they've achieved in their fight for equality, but it's this last weekend (June 24-26) where events really ramp up in New York. Sunday's parade, the annual LGBTQ march that commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Inn Riots, will be the showpiece, but you can celebrate with your feet in another way this week too, at one of the many parties being held in the city as part of NYC Pride.
Following the events in Orlando, this year will be painfully poignant for members of the LGBTQ community. Many will be taking to New York's dancefloors, showing solidarity for the community the best way possible—through love, laughter, and lots of dancing. Here is THUMP's rundown of the best places to party during Pride this weekend:
1. The Dragon Ball
What: Inspired by Akira Toriyama's manga/anime series of the same name, queer art collective The Culture Whore will bring together Discwoman co-founder UMFANG, Toronto's Scooter McCreight, Brooklyn's Katie Rex, and more for a night of installation, libations, ritual, photography, and of course, dancing. If you're wondering what to expect, consider this excerpt from a poem gracing the event description: "the beasts are waiting on the edges of what is real, what can be believed/lurking in the shadows, slinking through your dreams/great claws ready to rip you apart."
When: Friday June 24, 11PM-7AM
Where: 1332 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216
What: Kate Moenning, who plays Shane McCutcheon on The L Word, is making her NYC Pride debut this weekend as the headlining DJ for Hot Rabbit's Priday party. The LGBTQ dance party promoters are taking over Slake in Chelsea for a night of drag performances, including an appearance by Merrie Cherry; strutting showcases from Straight Acting's Rify Royalty; and go-go dancing galore.
When: Friday June 24, 10PM-4AM
Where: Slake, 251 W 30th St, New York, New York 10001
3. Ostbahnhof Pride
What: The queer-leaning party series Ostbahnhof is throwing a techno rager in one of Brooklyn's newest venues on Friday night, inaugurating a new nightlife project called Collapse Factory in the process. Terrence Dixon as Population One, Strictly Rhythm affiliate Mystic Bill, CREEP INTL's Lauren Flax, and a surprise headliner will take turns soundtracking the night.
When: Friday June 24, 11PM-5AM
Where: The Gateway, 1272 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York 11221
4. Desilicious: Hot Pink Pride
What: Bollywood decadence is going down at the eighth edition of Hot Pink Parade party on Friday in Hell's Kitchen. Dress code is strictly pink for the annual bash held by promoters Sholay Events, known for their flamboyant south Asian-inspired dance parties. Proceeds from the night will go in part towards the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association of New York.
When: Friday June 24, 10PM-4AM
Where: Stage 48, Level 3 - 605 W 48th St NYC
What: Teaze, formally known as Rapture on the River, is ladies night reinvented. Pride's only official event exclusively for female-identifying people will be headlined by none other than "Lady Marmalade" herself, aka Mya. The DJ lineup includes English singer/songwriter/DJ Samantha Ronson, who happens to be Mark Ronson's younger sister; afrobeat aficionado Toni*K; and Denver-based party starter Tatiana.
When: Saturday June 25, 3PM-10PM
Where: Pier 26, New York, New York, 10013
6. Wrecked x the Bunker PRIDE
What: Two legendary New York parties are coming together to co-host an all-American lineup of artists from the vast reaches of the LGBTQ dance music world. Ghostly International's Matrixxman will join 80s italo purveyor Jeffrey Sfire, Women on Wax's DJ Minx, and the Bunker's very own Bryan Kasenic on this intimidatingly stacked lineup. Check out the mix Brooklyn producer and DJ Octo Octa made especially for THUMP ahead of the party.
When: Saturday June 25, 10PM-6AM
Where: Output, 74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, New York, 11249
7. Full Spectrum
What: The team behind Spectrum, the former Bushwick queer and queer-friendly artists' venue, is throwing a day party with a sweltering lineup of DJs at the Secret Project Robot art gallery. Entrance before 5PM is only $5, so get there early.
When: Saturday June 25, 4PM-11PM
Where: 389 Melrose St, Brooklyn, New York, 11237
8. Papi Juice
What: Papi Juice, the Brooklyn party collective dedicated to providing a safe space for queer and trans people of color, are celebrating their three-year anniversary this Saturday at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg. The roster is packed with local talent, including Brooklyn producer and KUNQ-affiliate False Witness and Princess Nokia, alter ego of Destiny Frasqueri.
When: Saturday June 25, 10PM - 4AM
Where: Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York, 11211
9. Holy Mountain: Journey XXI
What: NYC nightlife icon Ladyfag's monthly three-floor, four-room party at Slake returns for Pride weekend with DJ sets from Danny Daze, Physical Therapy collaborator Michael Magnan, The Misshapes (from the former party of the same name), and more. Admission is a discounted $10 if you show up with a "serious fishy fish fetish or Tom of Finland leather daddy look"
When: Saturday June 25, 11PM-4AM
Where: 251 W 30th St, New York, New York 10001
10. Posture Pride
What: Watch the sun set over the East River on the rooftop of Williamsburg's swanky Wythe Hotel, which will play host to queer art magazine, Posture's 's Pride party on Saturday evening. Ushka, the Sri Lankan-born Brooklyn DJ, will be on deck along with NYC producer and Qween Beat artist LSDXOXO.
When: Saturday June 25, 3PM-12AM
Where: Ides Rooftop at the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
List compiled by Anna Codrea-Rado, Alexander Iadarola, and Oliver Kinkel.