Gracie Mansion Hosts Pride Evening

“Pose” co-creator and writer Steven Canals, flanked by stars Angelica Ross and Mj Rodriguez.
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On an evening in very late spring, June 20, with the weather mostly cooperating, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted their annual Pride Reception on the lawn at Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side. This year, the First Couple chose to declare “Pose” Day in New York, honoring several members of the show’s team, including one of its creators and writers, Steven Canals, and stars Angelica Ross and Mj Rodriguez.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and a disguished First Lady Chirlane McCray.
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As usual, the evening proved something of a Who’s Who of LGBTQ elected officials and political activists. In a new twist, it allowed McCray to show off some very striking new eyewear.

City Human Rights Commission Chair Carmelyn P. Malalis (center), flanked by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, CBST’s scholar-in-residence on trans rights.
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Guests Elaine Chapnik and Felicity Arengo.
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Guests George Coritsidis and Brandon Parkes.
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Former State Senator Tom Duane with Upper West Side City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal.
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Detective Brian Downey (rear, center), president of the Gay Officers Action League, with a whole bunch of his fellow officers.
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Queens City Councilmember Daniel Dromm.
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