The rainbow connection: Brooklyn shines multi-colored lights for WorldPride

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We can almost taste the rainbow!

Kings County will shine with rainbow lights during the final week of June, as the city hosts WorldPride, a month-long celebration of the queer community.

The international event has come to the United States for the first time, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots — an event in Manhattan that kicked off the modern gay civil rights movement. In addition to parades, rallies, and parties, and conferences celebrating the historic half-century milestone, buildings across the city will glow red, orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple as part of Project Rainbow, which literally shines a light on the city’s role supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

“New York City is the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement on Tuesday, June 17. “Lighting our skyline will remind LGBTQ people around the world that New York City will always be a beacon of hope and a place to call home.”

Several business in Brooklyn have already lit up in rainbow lights, including the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership in MetroTech and the Hilton hotels. The Barclays Center will glow with technicolor hues from June 24–26 and June 29–30. Beginning on June 26, the Coney Island’s Parachute Jump will light up with rainbows through the end of the month, as will the dome of the Weylin, a luxury events space in Williamsburg.

Brooklyn will also host WorldPride’s opening ceremony on June 26 at the Barclays Center. The colorful celebration, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, will feature performances by Cindy Lauper, Ciara, and Todrick Hall, among many other artists. The highlight of WorldPride will be the Manhattan Pride parade on June 29, but there are many other queer events happening in Brooklyn — just check this paper’s list here.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306.
Posted 12:00 am, June 20, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Lucy Leftie from Fake Liberal News says:
Ah yes the all-inclusive rainbow flag courtesy of the loving, tolerant ‘progressive’ left. They wouldn’t attack you or try to destroy you on social media if they didn’t agree with you, would they?
June 20, 2019, 1:23 pm
Darnell from Crown Heights says:
When will it become NYS law to become gay?
June 20, 2019, 1:58 pm
Ro from Park Slope says:
I agree Lucy. We should be tolerant and respectful of one another as fellow citizens of the Nation, and stop attacking one another. We all love our country, left and right alike.
June 20, 2019, 2:19 pm
Local from Here says:
Ahhh, the whine from the conservatives: "tolerate my intolerance!". Giving rights to other people doesn't take away your rights, it's not pie.
June 20, 2019, 2:28 pm
Marion Francis from Kennsington says:
Pride comes before the Fall Pride is one of the 7 deadly sins. Whatever happened to privacy? What happens at home should stay at home
June 20, 2019, 3:44 pm
Local from Here says:
Lighten up, Francis. Nobody is having intercourse in the streets.
June 20, 2019, 4:06 pm
Mai Dai from Homecrest says:
But the marauding , attacking Trans Sexuals want to invade and take over our toilets,and locker rooms with the total consent of the politicians, special interests and media including an especially the New York Time$ which is leading the way of this revolution.
June 20, 2019, 4:46 pm
Local from Here says:
Anyone that thinks that people aren’t having intercourse in the streets is obviously not from here.
June 20, 2019, 4:50 pm
Lee says:
How about a stripe for all of the mentally ill? Don't they deserve recognition?
June 20, 2019, 5:22 pm
Sinner says:
Local (Henry Ford) has obviously never heard of the Folsom Street festival in SF
June 20, 2019, 6:11 pm
Local from Here says:
How would you know sinner? I knew you were a leather daddy!
June 20, 2019, 7:28 pm
Local from Here says:
Anyone that copies my name and cries all the time is obviously not from here.
June 20, 2019, 8:04 pm

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