You Should Go: Autostraddle and Everyone Is Gay’s NYC All-Ages Pride Party

New York City Pride is one of my favorite weekends of the year, because there are rainbows everywhere and it truly feels like people are celebrating US. But aside from the March on Sunday, it’s hard to know what events to go to. I always feel like I missed a memo; surely there are more events that aren’t going to cost me a bajillion dollars to get into. And last year I found out where all the best folks are. They’re at the Everyone is Gay/Autostraddle All-Ages event at Housing Works Bookstore.

I went to the All-Ages event for the first time last year. Before I had always assumed all Pride-related events were expensive dance parties, so I thought the March was the only event I’d ever be interested in. But then I found out about this event and it sounded right up my alley. I had no idea how badly I wanted to hang out in a bookstore with my LGBTQ+ fam and listen to some amazing, empowering, inspiring performances by LGBTQ+ performers, but my friends, I did. And I think you do, too. This year’s event is more important than ever, as Kristin recently explained on Twitter and Mal Blum explained in their op-ed about not attending NYC Pride.

From Kristin’s Twitter:

Today I learned NYC Pride will host its 1st-ever youth event, sponsored by Target, at the exact same date/time as the free, grassroots LGBTQ Youth event Everyone Is Gay has been hosting since 2012. I feel entirely blindsided. In the past few years we have had several conversations directly with NYC Pride, asking for support or collaboration with our event, and have been turned away (instead being asked to give money to get booth or advertisement space). So we’ve continued to do our event without their support, like we always do, collaborating with Autostraddle, Tumblr, Bluestockings, and Housing Works Books; and featuring incredible artists like Urban Word NYC, Mal Blum, Bells Roar and many more.

I, of course, applaud ANY space for LGBTQ youth. Creating those spaces has been my life’s work and I’ve participated in aspects of NYC Pride for 10+ years. But it hurts and concerns me see yet another vital, meaningful space, desperately in need of visibility and funding, pushed out by corporate entities, and Pride’s increasingly mainstream ethos.

So come and let’s celebrate Pride together! Here’s what this year’s event has in store:

What: 5th Annual All-Ages Pride Party

Hosted by: Autostraddle, Everyone is Gay, Urban Word NYC, Housing Works

Your MCs: Kristin Russo (CEO & EIC of Everyone is Gay, co-author of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, co-host of Buffering the Vampire Slayer podcast) and Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath, Marvel’s America comics)

Performances by: Julia Weldon, Be Steadwell, and Urban Word NYC’s 2017 youth slam team

When: Saturday, June 24, 2pm EST – 4pm EST

Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012

The event is FREE (though last year I happily paid the $5 suggested donation, it is indeed just suggested, and goes toward Housing Works’ effort to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS in the city), and open to all ages. It’s founded, sponsored and supported by grassroots organizations and queer folks just like you and me.

Added bonus, the event is in the afternoon, so you can still shell out $50 to get covered in someone else’s glitter-sweat if that’s what you’re into.

See you there!

UPDATE! The Everyone is Gay official Facebook page will now be streaming this event LIVE. So if you live too far away from NYC to swing by, you can still celebrate pride with us.

Before you go! Autostraddle runs on the reader support of our AF+ Members. If this article meant something to you today — if it informed you or made you smile or feel seen, will you consider joining AF and supporting the people who make this queer media site possible?

Join AF+!

Valerie Anne

Just a TV-loving, Twitter-addicted nerd who loves reading, watching, and writing about stories. One part Kara Danvers, two parts Waverly Earp, a dash of Cosima and an extra helping of my own brand of weirdo.

Valerie has written 572 articles for us.


  1. Hi! Just a loving correction: the event is Saturday June 24th not June 27th (which is a Tuesday.)

    Reiterate: 5th Annual All-Ages Pride Party, brought to you by Everyone Is Gay, Autostraddle, and Housing Works

    Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Bookstore Cafe
    126 Crosby Street
    New York, NY 10012

  2. AGGHHHH this sounds amazing I’m defintely gonna see if I can convince my friends to go.

    (Big crowds/ dance parties aren’t really our style.)

  3. Uggghhh this take places at the same time as the Game Devs of Color Expo which I also wanted to go. Decisions, decisions…

Comments are closed.