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Rainbow sidewalks and other LGBT pride celebrations

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  • Cities are celebrating pride in June and beyond in fun ways
  • New York gave landmark status to the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots
  • Seattle painted 11 crosswalks in rainbow colors

Bruce Jenner transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner, more same-sex couples than ever can get married (hello Alabama and Utah), and the U.S. military took steps to ensure equal treatment for everyone in the armed forces.

And parties are being planned for the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, which LGBT advocates hope will go their way.

With so many pride celebrations this weekend, check out how cities across the country are marking the occasion.

New York

The site of the 1969 Stonewall riots and an iconic bar in the LGBT community, the Stonewall Inn was granted landmark status by a unanimous vote of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday.

The announcement, which marks the first time a New York City site has been designated as a landmark primarily for its significance to LGBT history, came just days before the city’s famed annual pride celebration, according to the commission.

“This is such a win for LGBT New Yorkers and the community around the world,” said Stacy Lentz, a co-owner of the Stonewall Inn. “It’s a symbol of fighting against repression, and we are thrilled the building will be preserved for generations to come.”


The city of Seattle picked 11 spots to feature rainbow crosswalks in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill this week, a few days ahead of the city’s Sunday pride parade, the Seattle Times reported. The locations were spots where people had been assaulted because of their sexual orientation.

San Francisco

Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts, whose team won the NBA championship this month, will be the celebrity grand marshal of Sunday’s mega-parade on Market Street.

Looking for something more focused? San Francisco has many layers of pride, including the June 26th Trans March at Dolores Park that is likely to be its biggest yet. The annual Dyke March will take place the next day right next to Dolores Park. Can’t make it? The fabulous “Drag, Theatre, Music and Love of Life!” exhibition at the Harvey Milk Photo Center runs through July 18.

Patricipants in Amsterdam's annual Canal Pride wave to crowds.

Patricipants in Amsterdam’s annual Canal Pride wave to crowds.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Prefer to go abroad for your pride celebrations? Try Amsterdam, which has events July 25 through August 2. Make sure to visit the Homomonument, the world’s first gay monument. It’s located on the Westermarkt in the center of the city.


If you can’t make it to any celebrations in June, head to Atlanta in October, when organizers wisely schedule pride celebrations around National Coming Out Day — when it’s not sweltering hot.

Want to visit Atlanta for Black Gay Pride? That’s scheduled around Labor Day weekend, September 3-7.

And don’t forget to visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which marks its first year in June.

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