Show us Your Pride!!

Pride month is fast approaching with many Pride celebrations being postponed or cancelled due to covid. We’d like you to share your favorite Pride Stories. Share your Pride photos and anything you’d like to about what Pride means to you!!

The Month of Pride Is Around the Corner

The River of Pride Happy New Year

We’re days away from this year’s pride month of June. The calendar is full and the days to our first parade/march of the season is nearing.

Here’s a list of our scheduled events:

Boston Pride June 8th

This is our first event of the season with 900 feet of The River of Pride Flag and the highly anticipated debut of The Unity Pride Flag. The new flag is made up of 274 flags that is 200 feet long. We’re looking forward to seeing it unfurled for the first time!

Pride Portland! June 15th

We’re happy to say this will be The River of Pride Flag’s 12th time in the Portland ME pride parade. We’re honored to have been requested and looking forward to seeing familiar marchers carrying the flag again this year!

New York City Pride June 30th

June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the first time WorldPride is being hosted in the United States.

NYC Pride invites both flags to take part in the march. 1/4 mile of The River of Pride Flag will be participating along with The Unity Pride Flag.

NYC World Pride Closing Ceremony

NYC WorldPride Closing Ceremony 2019 The River of Pride

Mark your calendars for June 30, 2019, as NYC Pride welcomes all to a final celebration of pride from 7-10pm in NYC’s iconic Times Square.

Be sure to reserve your green tier tickets here. They are FREE! Once you register, you will get one email with your confirmation and a separate email for each ticket you reserve. You MUST PRINT the tickets prior to arrival.

Thank you Wil W. for sharing this info with us!

A Picture Worth 450 Feet

A Longer The River of Pride

In the coming days leading up to June also known as Pride month for some, The River of Pride Flag will gain 450 feet to its overall expanse. The flags overall length will go from 900 feet long to 1/4 of a mile.

This undertaking is in response to the additional venues asking for the flag to take part in their celebration. The addition will come in the form of three new sections being connected by zippers added to the 5 previous. As in past years individual sections can be seen at different venues supporting the community.

2008 was the last time The River of Pride had seen an increased. At the time 600 feet was added bringing the flag to 900 feet.

Be Seen, Be Heard & Be Proud!!

Share Your Pride with Everyone!!

The River of Pride NYC Pride 50th

Would you like to show your pride by marching in the largest Pride Marching in the country. The River of Pride Flag and The Unity Pride Flag have been invited to WorldPride held in New York City on June 30th for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

Whether it’ll be your 1st time marching or your 50th, it’ll be historical for us all.

To connect with others that are going you can join the Facebook group WorldPride NYC 2019. Signing up to march is easy, click the signup form and enter your info.

We’ll see you in New York City!!

Transgender Flag in Congress

Jennifer Wexton The river of Pride

The new congresswoman from the 10th district of Virginia said she hung it to honor trans friends and family.

Newly elected Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., started her term with a statement of transgender equality by hanging the trans pride flag outside her office in Washington.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., at a swearing-in ceremony during the opening session of the new Congress on Jan. 3, 2019.Susan Walsh / AP / The River of Pride Repost

The flag, which can be seen by visitors to the Longworth House Office Building on the south side of the Capitol, is one of the flags that officials traditionally display outside their offices. The American flag and state flags are most common, but representatives can choose what flags to hang.

Abby Carter, Wexton’s chief of staff, confirmed that Wexton — the aunt to a transgender child — hung the flag to make a statement about trans inclusion.

“This is personal for me. We’re talking about my family and friends,” Wexton said in a statement to NBC News. “I want everyone in the trans community to know that they are welcome and loved even in the face of this administration and its attacks on who they are.”

“I didn’t think putting it up would be a big deal, but I’ve received a huge outpouring of support and appreciation from the LGBT community in the past two days,” Wexton added. “We’ve been receiving messages from across the country and they’ve been telling me how much it means to them to see that in the halls of Congress.”

Worldwide Laws Regarding Same Sex

The River of Pride LGBTQQIP2SAA+ World Laws Relationship

Worldwide laws regarding same-sex intercourse and freedom of expression and association

Same-sex intercourse legal   

Blue – Marriage

Light Blue – Marriage recognized but not performed

Blue – Civil unions and registered partnerships

Lavender – Unregistered Cohabitation1

Gray – Same-sex unions not recognized

Tan – Laws restricting freedom of expression and association

Same-sex intercourse illegal

Yellow – Illegal, although no arrests for same-sex intercourse for the last three years

Orange – Imprisonment   

Red – Up to Life imprisonment   

Brown – Up to Death Penalty

Rings indicate areas where local judges have granted/denied marriages or imposed the death penalty in a jurisdiction where that is not otherwise the law and/or areas with a case-by-case application.
*Some jurisdictions in this category may currently have other types of partnerships.

You can find more info here.

Madonna rings in 2019 with surprise appearance at Stonewall Inn

The River of Pride Madonna

The Queen of Pop was recently named an ambassador of the iconic LGBTQ venue

Madonna rang in 2019 with a surprise appearance at Stonewall Inn, the iconic LGBTQ venue in Greenwich Village, New York.

The Queen of Pop was recently named an ambassador of Stonewall and her New Year’s appearance kicked off a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In a short speech, Madonna reflected on the anniversary of the gay liberation movement, saying: “I stand here proudly at the place where pride began, the legendary Stonewall Inn, on the birth of a new year. We come together tonight to celebrate 50 years of revolution, 50 years of freedom fighting, 50 years of blood, sweat, and tears. 50 years of sacrifice, 50 years of standing up to discrimination, hatred, and indifference. Let us never forget the Stonewall riots and those who bravely stood up and said enough.”

At the conclusion of her remarks, she led the crowd in singing Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as well as her own seminal hit “Like A Prayer”. See fan-shot footage below.

Madonna singing “Can’t Help Falling In Love” with David at the Stonewall in NYC (January 1, 2019)

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