WorldPride Welcome Center opens in NYC as Pride Month begins

Carol D'Auria
June 01, 2019 - 6:03 pm
WorldPride Welcome Center

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the New York State WorldPride Welcome Center in lower Manhattan on Saturday, the first day of Pride Month.

The center is on Christopher Street in the Village, just two blocks from the famous Stonewall Inn, where 50 years ago there were six days of protests by the gay community -- clashes with police that were the start of the modern LGBTQ movement.

Ross Levi, the head of the state Office of Tourism, says the center features a legacy wall highlighting the history of the movement.

“Just a few blocks away 50 years ago, LGBT people were arrested for simply being who they are. But they stood up, and after they stood up, everyone took notice,” Levi said.

Alphonso David, counsel to governor, said the center’s message is that New York State is open and welcoming to the gay community.

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