There’s no better time to be proud of who we are than Pride month and there’s no place to celebrate our differences like New York City. Home of the queers and the freaks, NYC comes alive in June when we get to embrace love in its purest form. Over the years, FlatRate has been a proud sponsor of the Pride March and a steady supporter of the LGBTQ community — continuing to recognize its importance and impact in the city’s essence.

One of the most LGBTQ-friendly places in the world, New York plays a significant role in the acceptance of the gay community. According to Curbed NY, neighborhoods like the Greenwich Village hold tons of historical significance in the gay liberation movement as the home of the nation’s largest concentration of LGBTQ historic sites and organizations. A catalyst in the city, Greenwich Village has paved the way over the years for other neighborhoods like Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen to step up their gay game with multiple LGBTQ bars and cultural events. In Brooklyn, neighborhoods like Bushwick, Park Slope and Williamsburg are among some of the more gay-friendly areas with multiple LGBTQ-owned establishments and services.  

For those looking to properly celebrate Pride month, we picked the best events this year — whether you want to have some family time, party until dawn, or take the streets with thousands of other proud New Yorkers.

Family Movie Night at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45

Friday – June 21st, 2019

A celebration for all kinds of families, this free event is perfect for parents and kids who are ready to celebrate Pride and the beginning of summer. With movies appropriate for all ages, the party will start early in the day with games and live entertainment until the stars come out. All proceeds will benefit NYC Pride and other LGBTQIA+ organizations.

Youth Pride at SummerStage Central Park

Saturday – June 29th, 2019

Creating a safe space for LGBTQIA+ teenagers, this vibrant event is the place for all young people to celebrate their pride. With interactive experiences, games, music, and entertainment, Youth Pride is a public event that allows a moment for young people to honor who they are in a judgment-free environment. This event is free for all under 21.

PrideFest between Union Sq and Astor Pl

Sunday – June 30th, 2019

NYC’s most beloved street festival, PrideFest combines exhibitors, entertainers and all kinds of activities for a day in the name of equality. Attracting tourists and locals, this block party is the perfect spot to let your freak flag fly. Some of the music performers this year include Princess Nokia, The Veronicas, Lauren Jauregui and the one and only E.J Johnson as the day’s host. Make sure to stop by as this event is free and open to the public from 11am to 6pm.

Proud AF: Pride March Afterparty at House of Yes

Sunday – June 30th, 2019

If you’re looking for somewhere to party after hours following the Pride March, House of Yes is the place to be. Get ready to continue to celebrate pride at Bushwick’s favorite LGBTQ spot. Make sure to bring lots of glitter, your best poker face and of course, your dancing shoes. Tickets are only $10 and this event is 21+.