We’re proud to present our first free and inclusive Pride Ride as part of 2019 Buffalo Pride Week on Wednesday, May 29th, hosted by Community Beer Works (520 7th Street, 6:30pm start).

Presented by Independent Health, our non-Monday rides are often slightly faster and longer than Slow Roll Mondays, still always a guided roundtrip ride. Our Pride Ride is happening thanks to support from KeyBank in partnership with First Niagara Foundation.

Pride Week happens thanks to Pride Center of WNY & Evergreen Health as “a joyous commemoration of LGBTQ+ history and culture and an annual display of the strengthening power of open-arms diversity. It is an opportunity for our community, friends and chosen families to join together and affirm our message of love, inclusivity, and unity.”

Learn more below from Evergreen Health Corporate Communications Manager Amy Usiak.

What inspired the organizing of Pride Week?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City, which is considered to be the event that was the catalyst to the gay liberation movement. In June 1970, one year after the Stonewall riots, thousands of demonstrators marched up Sixth Avenue in New York from the former Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street to Central Park where a “gay-in” was held. It was called the Christopher Street Liberation Day, and it was the beginning of Gay Pride celebrations as we know them. Now, each year in June, Pride festivities across the country serve to commemorate the birth of the modern gay and lesbian civil rights movement as well as affirm our lives in the context of the larger community.

How has it grown since it began?

In 2013, Buffalo’s Pride Festival was expanded to encompass an entire week featuring a variety of events taking place at different venues around the city.

What’s your favorite Pride Week event?

All Pride events are our favorite! It’s hard to pick just one. And, that’s what is so great about our city. Visit www.buffaloprideweek.com to check out all the events taking place around town.

How has the Pride movement overall evolved over the history of Pride Week?

In the 50 years since the Stonewall uprising, the Pride movement has grown into a worldwide movement for equal human rights for all LGBTQ+ people around the globe.

How do citizens get involved in the movement beyond Pride Week?

People can stay informed and volunteer, support and donate to people or organizations that are working hard to make our community a safe and affirming place for all LGBTQ+ people.