Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Mayor's Pride Reception and Equality Rulings
I was so honored and thrilled to make an appearance at the LGBT Pride reception and BBQ held and hosted by the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg on June 26th. The gala was held in the gardens of Gracie Mansion on the banks of the East River on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Bloomberg made his entrance on the stage a spacious and lighted garden tent to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" as the crowd went wild. "It is great to be here at the annual Pride Reception to celebrate two great victories," he said, referring to the fantastic news out of the Supreme Court. Right after the show, a heavy rain started down-pouring for a few moments and then a beautiful rainbow was displayed, adding to the magic of the historic evening. After the Mayor's reception, me and Lovari headed down to the East Village to Club Element to attend another LGBT Pride reception hosted by dear friends Chip Duckett and Ron Lasko of Spin Cycle promotions. I ended the evening by going to the birthplace of the modern Gay Civil rights movement, The legendary Stonewall Inn, with my buddy Joe Jeffreys of New York University. The place was jamming all day with the streets outside closed off with celebrants rejoicing the favorable Supreme Court decisions declaring Equality and Justice for Gay citizens. On such a historic day for Civil rights and Equality, one celebration was clearly not enough!