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What is he doing in the Pride home stretch

Gay City News talks to the dozen bakers plus one for the deets

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During the past weeks at Pride events throughout the city, Gay City News met with a wide variety of people to gather answers to two questions:

What does Stonewall 50 mean to you?

What will you do for pride?

Sean Robertson-Stefanic - Member of the Logistics Committee of the Pride Pride Coalition

Meaning: Stonewall 50 is a true milestone of our culture and certainly presents itself as a time of celebration, but it also comes with remembering why the rebellion occurred in the town and also that we still have a long way to go. For me, it means a time to act and participate and for those reasons.

Plans: I will be very busy with our march. I have a lot of faith in what we are doing and I am very excited to share this with other members of our community around the world.

DaShawn Pretlow - Education Coordinator, Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Meaning: For me, Stonewall 50 is monumental. It is a reminder of the work we still have to do. The fight is still alive and it is necessary because we are not promised anything. There are people in our government now who still do not want us to have our rights. We do not want to lose momentum.

Plans: I will go to as many festivities as possible, but at the same time I will make people understand why it is important for them not only to live their own truths but also to fight to tell their truths. We in the older generations need to support those in the younger generations.

Linda Simpson - Drag Queen & Bingo Goddess

Meaning: It means that I am getting old.

Plans: I'm not sure because of the rival marches. I think I'll go with the rebel march, but I'll probably put my fingers in the regular gear, too.

Lorenzo De Los Angeles - Member of the Rise and Resist Coalition

Meaning: Stonewall 50 represents for me the continuation of the struggle and the preservation of our equal rights. With a majority in the Supreme Court now favoring conservatives and local federal courts swearing to young Republican judges for lifetime appointments, our current civil rights are under attack and are in grave potential danger of being removed or abolished.

Plans: I have participated and attended planning meetings with the Reclaim Pride Coalition, along with friends from Rising and Resist and Gays Against Guns, so I anticipate volunteering in the way I can with Queer Liberation

March on June 30.

Brian Ram - East Flatbush trinitarian trolleyman

Meaning: I do not know. When I looked for it, it was a street.

Plans: Gay Pride? That is a difficult question. Ahhhh, what am I doing? Omigod, um, I'm thinking, um. I'll be looking for hot guys - final answer.


Jerome Brown - Brooklyn College student and June graduate of Borough of Manhattan Community College

Meaning: It means everything. I remember hearing about the West Village for the first time after a few cocktails. I was a frequent traveler.

Plans: I specialized in African literature and I will be in Ghana studying the African diaspora.

Stuart Leppner - retired very gay

Meaning: First, that's my time, it was close. Inflection point. It is a real date that started the movement that we know today. I think it's very important that it be honored and celebrated.

Plans: Every day is Gay Pride Day for me. I was in the first Gay Pride Parade when people threw eggs at us. I feel that it has been fully commercialized. It's time to let someone else take the banner. I am 72 years old, I do not have to stand out in the sun. I celebrate Gay Pride by just waking up in the morning. Maybe I'll put on a festive shirt.

Christine Quinn - President and CEO of Win (formerly Women in Need), the largest provider of shelters for women and families in New York City.

Meaning: Type of end and beginning: the end of the period in which we hid in the closet and did not make waves or noises, and a beginning because it initiated the modern movement of civil rights for LGBTQ rights. The fierceness and strength and the glorious disturbance of it fueled the movement. Every time you get discouraged or angry, you go back 50 years and you cheer up with the courage and courage of those people who said it was enough.

Plans: as many things and events as possible. I know we must commemorate, but also have fun and delight in the community. Part of Stonewall was about delighting in the power of the community, and that celebration mattered equally with political force. I will also carry many sunscreens. You also should!

Donna Aceto - Photographer, Gay City News

Meaning: Madness. It was not yet June and I was pate and elculo.

Plans: I will start taking pictures at the start of the Queer Liberation March in Sheridan Square at 9 a.m. Sunday, that's where my heart really is, but then I'll go to Heritage of Pride, too.

Andrew Cuomo - Governor of the State of New York

Meaning: we are very proud of what we have done in New York City as a beacon for LGBTQ rights around the world.

Plans: I will welcome Pride to the world in New York City.

Robert O'Hare - Commander, Sixth Precinct in Greenwich Village

Meaning: We are really proud of how far the Police Department has come in 50 years. We are not perfect, but there is a big difference between being the police outside of Stonewall in 1969 and being the police in the vicinity of Stonewall in 2019.

Plans: I will be up and on the street at 7 a.m. Sunday morning and I told my family that I probably will not be home until about 24 hours later, on Monday morning. I will be watching to make sure that people can celebrate safely and listen to hear about any concerns that may arise.

Jules Peiperl - Costume designer for the Criminal Queerness Festival of the Queer National Theater (until July 6)

Meaning: It means celebrating our achievements and feeling not only without forgetting how far we have to go.

Plans: I'm wearing an 18th-century Fop suit with a Trans flag band and going out with my friend. Let's go

to fly around.

Vanessa German - Artist of "Notes on the absence of the sacred: How black girls die" (pictured), currently on display at the group show "Amor radical" at the Ford Foundation Gallery

Meaning: I think of the people who were there on the stone wall that night, you know? Only people: drink, dance, maybe go home with someone later. Did they know? Did they realize that they were about to make us all safer, more secure, 50 years later? Did they know?

Plans: I live in Pittsburgh, a city where there is a lot of discussion about Pride, like the Pride events sponsored by a company involved in fracking, so I will not necessarily be doing the whole Pride thing there. But I did a six-hour performance with my girlfriend for Pre-Pride in Los Angeles called "soft: the longest kiss".

Chirlane McCray - First Lady of the City of New York

Meaning: We have come a long way, and I am old enough to remember. I came to New York in 1977. Before the date of the LGBT Center! I am grateful to be alive at that time, to host a Pride event at Gracie Mansion, to have revealed plans for the first statues in the United States of two transgender heroines, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

Plans: I will be with my tribe, my crew, and it will be a happy occasion.