Councilmembers Jimmy Vacca (l.) and Ritchie Torres (r.) with former Speaker Christine Quinn and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. | COURTESY: BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
With the annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival on June 5 the major seasonal event of the week (see page 14), the Bronx and Brooklyn got into the act, as well.
On June 1, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., hosted the borough’s six annual Borough President & Allies LGBTQ Pride Awards ceremony at Billy’s Sports Bar in the shadow of Yankee Stadium.
Diaz and City Councilmembers James Vacca and Ritchie Torres, the event’s out gay co-hosts, honored former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who now heads up Women in Need, in recognition of her public service contributions.
In Brooklyn, Borough President Eric Adams opened up Pride Week there on June 6 with a ceremony at Borough Hall that included the unfurling of the Rainbow Flag in the rotunda.
The borough’s 20th anniversary Pride celebration begins on Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. with a 5-k run in Prospect Park (running slots are sold out), followed by a street festival on Fifth Avenue, between Third and Ninth Streets, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and a torchlight parade, that runs from Lincoln Place to Ninth Street on Fifth Avenue, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Pride Flag flies in Brooklyn Borough Hall. | MICHAEL SHIREY