NYC Courts Gay Travelers for Stonewall's Anniversary
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In gearing up for the 40th anniversary of Stonewall this June, New York City is rolling out the rainbow carpets for visitors from the world over. The city’s new “Rainbow Pilgrimage” tourism initiative is encouraging gay travelers to visit the birthplace of the gay rights movement this year as a “rite of passage.”
NYC is already the top leisure destination for gays and lesbians, but openly gay City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (below right) says this year “there's even more reason to come celebrate the history of the LGBT community.” (Not to mention, the city's floundering budget could use a few of those pink dollars you’ve got stashed away!) NYC's Pride celebration, June 20-28, is of course a cornerstone event, but the city hopes to keep tourists rolling in long after the last of the glitter has been swept up.
Besides spending almost $2 million advertising NYC as a go-to gay destination (including in the June/July issue of Out magazine), the city has launched a new website where travelers can book packages and refer to a directory of local gay events, landmarks, venues, and cultural happenings. For more NYC travel tips, look for our guide in the upcoming June issue of Advocate (available on newsstands by mid-May) or click here to subscribe.