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New York Welcomes Families this Summer for WorldPride NYC 2019

New York Welcomes Families this Summer for WorldPride NYC 2019

It’s only fitting that the site of the very first Pride Parade become the host city of WorldPride 2019, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. To celebrate this historic event and many other advancements in the LGBTQ community, the entire State of New York will be getting into the act. Millions of people from around the world are expected to attend WorldPride NYC. In typical Big Apple style, there will be plenty of family activities at WorldPride NYC.

Fifty years ago, a small group of LGBTQ leaders refused to back down in the face of discrimination taking place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. This pivotal moment sparked an uprising that grew into the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. The Stonewall Riots are remembered in NYC each year with an annual New York Pride March. A global symbol of equal rights, New York Pride is now colorfully celebrated with Pride Marches in every major city around the world.

Rainbow balloon arches welcome revelers at the NYC Pride March (Photo by Hunter Abrams)

Family Activities at WorldPride NYC

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I attended the San Francisco Pride Parade many (MANY) times. With feelings of true pride, happiness for all we had gained and sadness for those friends lost. I waved my rainbow flag like the best of them.

Now with kids of our own, we’ve taken our family to San Diego Pride events a number of times. We love the pageantry of it all! I wonder what our kids would think of the fun family activities at WorldPride NYC?

I LOVE NY is organizing Pride Celebrations at destinations throughout the Empire State. I’m sure Sophia and Ava would enjoy participating in all of them.

kids at New York Pride March with rainbow flags

Kids and families get into the action at the NYC Pride March. (Photo by Christopher Gagliardi )

New York City

In New York City, the NYC Pride March takes place in Sunday, June 30 at noon. This is always a festive and celebratory event, drawing a mix of people from all walks of life to the world’s largest LGBTQ pride march. Rainbows and smiles abound, while paying honor and respect to our lives and our community in ways big and small.

rainbow flags parade route NYC Pride March

Rainbow flags line the parade route at the NYC Pride March. (Photo by Hunter Abrams)


“Sing Out, New York!” – May 28 – June 2 and June 6 – 9

The Albany Symphony will present “Sing Out, New York!”; a major national music festival and regional tour of free, outdoor concerts celebrating equal rights.

  • The five-day American Music Festival, scheduled for May 28-June 2 in Troy, will feature performances by David Del Tredici’s Pop-Pourri, as well as John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1, “Of Rage and Remembrance,” a tribute to those lost to AIDS. Both Del Tredici and Corigliano are fierce advocates for gay rights as well as renowned composers.
  • A regional tour of free, outdoor concerts from June 6-9 will highlight events like the Stonewall uprising, World Pride 2019 and the women’s suffrage movement, showcasing New York State’s role in social justice movements. Several works will premiere at “Sing Out, New York!” including a piece by composer Viet Cuong inspired by events between the 1969 Stonewall uprising and the first Gay Pride march in New York City in 1970.
parade float NYC Pride March

Colorful parade floats, dancing boys, drag queens and dykes on bikes mingle at NYC Pride. (Photo by Zach Hilty of BFA)

Long Island

Pride on the Beach – June 21-23

  • Long Island, birthplace of Harvey Milk, will kick off New York’s Pride celebrations with Pride on the Beach. During the three-day destination weekend, more than 30,000 people will flock to Long Beach for 30+ LGBTQ events, including the festival’s 29th annual Pride Parade, the second annual Pet Pride Parade in collaboration with Animal Planet, concerts and parties.
girl with rainbow flag at PrideFest NYC

The celebration at PrideFest in NYC is full of love and rainbows. (Photo by BFA Collins Nai)

Pride on the Vines – June 25

  • Visitors to Long Island can head straight from the beach to the vineyard for Pride on the Vines. This day-long event on theNorth Fork’s picturesque wine country will include tours, tastings, receptions and parties.


Chautauqua Institution’s Conversation with Bishop Gene Robinson – July 2

  • Bishop Gene Robinson will lead a discussion about the building of America’s LGBTQ community through major events including Stonewall, the AIDS crisis and marriage equality. Robinson is the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop and Vice President of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution. The discussion, paired with a reception hosted by Chautauqua’s LGBTQ community organization, will be part of a weeklong program examining “Uncommon Ground: Communities Working Toward Solutions.”
fireworks Niagara Falls New York

The beauty of Niagara Falls is illuminated by colorful lights and the sparkle of fireworks.

Niagara Falls

Pride at the Falls – July 5

  • Celebrate WorldPride and Stonewall 50 at a natural wonder: Niagara Falls, America’s oldest state park. Pride at the Falls features a free concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, along with fireworks and the Falls lit in rainbow colors.
women kissing Niagara Falls

True love in the mist at Niagara Falls.

Many other Pride events and celebrations are currently being planned at numerous LGBTQ-friendly locations across the State of New York. Events are planned in Buffalo, Fire Island, the Adirondacks, the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley and more.

And the Bailey-Klugh Family will be celebrating there too! More on that soon….

festive man in NYC Pride Parade

Everything and everyone is just more festive at NYC Pride. (Photo by Hunter Abrams)





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Letter from Sophia to President Obama About 2 Dads Especially Relevant at Election Time

Letter from Sophia to President Obama About 2 Dads Especially Relevant at Election Time

*Updated from original post dated October 29, 2016.

Hard to believe it was just six years ago that Sophia wrote her letter to President Obama about having two dads and he responded, triggering quite the global sensation and an epic adventure for our family.

A different election season this time around, don’t you think?

A Letter to the President

The letter Sophia wrote to President Obama reverberated around the world, and was published in more than 200 news outlets and more than 500 blogs globally. I wonder what would happen if Sophia had sent this letter now, as this next election nears? Here is what our 10 year old daughter of wrote about having two dads:

Dear Barack Obama,

It’s Sophia Bailey-Klugh, your friend who invited you to dinner. You don’t remember me okay that’s fine. But I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other. But at school kids think that it’s gross and weird but it really hurts my heart and feelings so I come to you because you are my hero. If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other, and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?

Please respond!

I just wanted to say you really inspire me, and I hope you win on being the President. You would totally make the world a better place.

Your friend, Sophia

P.S. Please tell your daughters hi for me!


Sophia Bailey-Klugh letter to President Obama

Sophia’s handwritten letter to President Obama about having two dads, which reverberated around the world in 2012.

And A Letter Back From The President

President Obama personally wrote a letter back to Sophia, with true class as always:

Dear Sophia,

Thank you for writing me such a thoughtful letter about your family. Reading it made me proud to be your president and even more hopeful about the future of our nation.

In American, no two families look the same. We celebrate this diversity. And we recognize that whether you have two dads or one mom what matters above all is the love we show one another. You are fortunate to have two parents that care deeply for you. They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you.

Our differences unite us.  You are I are blessed to live in a country where we are born equal no matter what we look like on the outside, where we grow up, or who our parents are. A good rule is to treat others the way you hope they will treat you. Remind your friends at school about this rule if they say something that hurts your feelings.

Thanks again for taking the time to write to me. I’m honored to have your support and inspired by your compassion. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to dinner, but I’ll be sure to tell Sasha and Malia you say hello.

Sincerely, Barack Obama


President Obama letter to Sophia Bailey-Klugh

President Obama’s letter he wrote back to Sophia, stating his support in very compassionate terms.

As a result of this letter exchange, Sophia was celebrated with articles in the Huffington Post, and many other news outlets around the world.

We even ended up being invited to appear on The Katie Couric Show, speaking on behalf of families like ours during the critical time our US Supreme Court was making its decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide. It was a surreal experience that will make us all proud and honored for the rest of our lives.

Sophia Bailey-Klugh on The Katie Couric Show about her letter to President Obama about having two dads

Sophia and the Bailey-Klugh clan were invited by Katie Couric to appear on her show. We talked about Sophia’s letter exchange with President Obama about having two dads.

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11 Best Gay Pride Parades in 2018

11 Best Gay Pride Parades in 2018

As proud San Diegans, we just had to make sure all the fun facts about San Diego Pride were included in this great Trivago story about 11 Best Gay Pride Parades in 2018. After all, San Diego Pride has been our hometown celebration together for more than 20 years.

San Diego Pride rubber ducky

Who doesn’t love a giant rainbow rubber ducky? San Diego Pride brings out all the colors.

Heck, we’ve even marched in the San Diego Pride Parade, and danced on parade floats (okay, maybe we were a little younger and more hard-bodied then). We’ve cheered from the sidelines, laughed and cried with the crowds, and taken our daughters to the parade since they were babies to celebrate with families like ours.

San Diego Pride rainbow tattoo

Sophia shows her pride with a rainbow temporary tattoo that looks appropriately festive for the occasion.

Now San Diego Pride has grown into one of the top 11 celebrations! If you are interested in visiting our beautiful city for Pride 2018, taking place July 13-15, check out staying at the Hotel Del Coronado. It’s a host hotel and sponsor of San Diego Pride, and they have a huge Pride kickoff event taking place there on July 11. If you go, please check out booking your stay through Trivago for a great rate.

Have fun learning more about Trivago’s 11 Best Gay Pride Parades in 2018. I wonder if anyone will hit them all?

San Diego Pride corporate sponsors

Sponsors like Harrah’s Resort Southern California get into the act for San Diego Pride with great parade contingents.

Wave that rainbow flag, baby!