Putting Pride into Action

While we are responding to COVID-19, we are in action to organize and gather community online.

Original series of free, online forums addressing topics impacting LGBTQ+ communities.

Watch Previous Virtual Town Halls

May 6: 1-on-1 with Congressman Mondaire Jones
April 27: All About PrEP (Upper Manhattan)

April 8: Equality Act Town Hall

March 25: All About PrEP (The Bronx)
February 22: 1-on-1 with Congressman Ritchie Torres
January 28: Surviving + Thriving in 2021: A Discussion of State and Budget Priorities and Strategies
January 13: All About PrEP (Brooklyn)
December 16: Post-Election Roundup
November 19: Women in Politics

October 14: Civic Engagement During a Pandemic -- Voting 101, What's At Stake, How To Get Involved
October 1: LGBTQIA Matters of Buffalo
September 17: LGBTQIA Matters of Rochester
August 13: Criminal Justice Reform: Rethinking Safety and Accountability in Our Communities
July 23: Equality and Equity: The Trans and Queer Led Fight for Economic Justice
July 9: Queer, Trans, and Migrant: Advocacy and Organizing Within LGBTQ Latinx Communities
June 18: Uniting Our Movements (From Stonewall to Black Lives Matter)
May 27: Working Towards a New Albany
May 8 (and 21): Census 2020: LGBTQ+ Matters
May 14: It’s OK Not to Be OK
April 23: Let's Talk Sex & Sex Work
April 16: Queer, Trans & Young
April 9: COVID-19 Safety and Wellness

Register for June 17 Virtual Town Hall

Our town hall series are a program of our Civic Engagement and Public Education Project (CEPEP) with support from Spectrum.

Civic Engagement and Public Education Project (CEPEP)


NEW Pride Agenda is organizing a Virtual Town Hall series focusing on our communities’ most immediate concerns. 

The NEW Pride Agenda, in collaboration with Columbia University, is developing a Civic Engagement and Public Education Project (CEPEP) which will work to re-engage LGBTQ citizens and allies in neighborhoods across the state about LGBTQ legislative protections and priorities.

NPA is building out our CEPEP programing in three areas:

  • Understanding and activating Anti-Bullying Strategies in public and private schools; Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)—what’s working and what’s not!
  • Having a conversation regarding Transgender identities; providing guidance on the implementation of New York’s Gender Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) as it relates to employment, housing, education and healthcare.
  • Increasing awareness on sexual and reproductive health regarding access to—and the benefits of—Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.

Focused Neighborhoods

Our goal is to provide CEPEP programming starting in key LGBTQ-friendly neighborhoods throughout New York City.

Bed Stuyvesant Brooklyn

In 1924, The Society for Human Rights is founded by Henry Gerber in Chicago. It is the first documented gay rights organization.

Jackson Heights Queens

In September of 1955, the first known lesbian rights organization in the United States forms in San Francisco. Daughters of Bilitis (DOB).

Fordham New York

In July of 1961, Illinois becomes the first state to decriminalize homosexuality by repealing its sodomy laws.

Harlem New York

On June 28, 1969, police raid the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Protests and demonstrations begin, and it later becomes known as the impetus for the gay civil rights movement in the United States.

St. George Staten Island

In 1969, The "Los Angeles Advocate" is renamed "The Advocate." It is considered the oldest continuing LGBTQ publication that began as a newsletter published by the activist group Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) in 1966.

Brooklyn Heights Brooklyn

On June 28, 1970, community members in New York City march through the local streets to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This event is now considered the first gay pride parade.

Hamilton Heights New York

Lambda Legal becomes the first legal organization established to fight for the equal rights of gays and lesbians. In its first case, Lambda argued before the New York Supreme Court, which ruled that it can exist as a non-profit.

East Williamsburg Brooklyn

After undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 1975, pro tennis player Renee Richards is banned from competing in the women's US Open. Richards challenges the decision in 1977 and the New York Supreme Court rules in her favor.

Melrose Bronx

On October 14, 1979, the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights takes place. It draws an estimated 75,000 to 125,000 individuals marching for LGBTQ rights.

Bushwick Brooklyn

On March 2, 1982, Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Long Island City Queens

In 1983 Lambda Legal wins People v. West 12 Tenants Corp., the 1st HIV/AIDS discrimination lawsuit. Neighbors attempted to evict Dr. Joseph Sonnabend from the building because he was treating HIV-positive patients.

Mott Haven Bronx

On April 1, 1998, Coretta Scott King asks the civil rights community to help in the effort to eradicate homophobia.

Hell's Kitchen New York

In June of 2003, the Supreme Court strikes down the "homosexual conduct" law, decriminalizing same-sex sexual conduct in Texas. The decision also reversed a 1986 US Supreme Court ruling that upheld Georgia's sodomy law.

Williamsburg Brooklyn

On May 17, 2004, the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States takes place in Massachusetts.

Greenwich Village New York

On June 30, 2019, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a law banning the use of the so-called gay and trans panic legal defense strategy. The tactic asks a jury to find that a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for a defendant's violent reaction.

Park Slope Brooklyn

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court rules that federal law protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination. The landmark ruling extends protections to millions of workers nationwide and is a defeat for the Trump administration, which argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that bars discrimination based on sex did not extend to claims of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Chelsea New York

On June 14, 2020, approximately 15,000 people gathered outside of the Brooklyn Museum for Brooklyn Liberation for one of the largest marches for Black Trans Lives in history.