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NYC expecting 6 million visitors for Stonewall Uprising 50th anniversary

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Up to six million additional visitors are expected in New York City in June.

They’re visiting for Pride Month. The City will also host WorldPride this year, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

City officials want the LGBTQ community to feel safe and inclusive. Tonight, that was the topic of discussion at a pre-Pride event.

“The LGBTQIA+ community has been so instrumental in forming the New York nightlife scene,” said Ariel Palitz, Senior Executive Director, Office of Nightlife. “These are safe and liberating spaces.”

Palitz headed up a panel this evening to address the nightlife scene and how the city can provide venues where people can feel free to be themselves.

“A lot of people are coming to New York, it’s important to stay safe, stay together, be vigilant but realize it’s a welcoming community,” said nightlife journalist Michael Musto. “There are many activities and so many bars to go to.”

Musto moderated a panel that included: drag queen and nightlife personality Kevin Aviance, and popular DJs Mary Mac and Ty Sunderland.

On June 28th, 1969, police raided the now iconic Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the heart of Greenwich Village.

The LGBTQ community fought back, sparking days of demonstrations – the moment has been considered the birth of the modern gay rights movement.

“We’re looking at something absolutely extraordinary because WorldPride is coming to New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told an audience.

Earlier today, the mayor announced plans to build a monument of transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

“The first ever permanent artwork honoring trans women in the world,” said Chirlane McCray, to the delight of the crowd.

Both Johnson and Rivera have passed away, but they will forever be remembered for their activism and charity work, notably with the AIDS organization Act Up.

“Their fight for LGBTQ equality inspired change, not just here but around the world,” said Corey Johnson, the New York City Councilmember who is openly gay and HIV positive.

Johnson and Rivera will be immortalized in a monument that will be placed on Christopher Street, near the Stonewall Inn.

Source: https://pix11.com/2019/05/30/nyc-expecting-6-million-visitors-for-stonewall-uprising-50th-anniversary/

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A look back at the Stonewall uprising, a milestone for gay rights

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Mark Segal has no trouble recalling the early hours of June 28, 1969 — when the first in a series of violent protests by members of New York’s gay community erupted outside the now-legendary Stonewall Inn.

In the wee hours of that Saturday, a hot night in Manhattan, a group of lesbians, drag queens, transgender people and young, gay men including Segal decided to stand up to police abuse.

They cornered a group of officers who had earlier raided the Stonewall Inn, a seedy, popular gay bar in Greenwich Village — the second such raid that week alone.

“It was the first time our community imprisoned the police, who had always imprisoned us before,” Segal told AFP, looking back on what would become a seminal event in the gay rights movement.

Segal was only 18 at the time, and had come to New York from Philadelphia just over a month earlier. He said he can still remember the “pure joy” of that night.

“The passion was so overwhelming,” he said, adding that of course, no one then understood the historic significance of what was unfolding.

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/look-back-stonewall-uprising-milestone-gay-rights-021221175.html

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All the Free & Cheap Food You Can Get for the First Day of Summer

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The first day of summer always causes double takes. There are a lot of ways we unofficially mark the start of summer. If you’re a student or parent, the end of the school year is probably considered the start of summer. If you just live for excuses to be outside, Memorial Day might be your unofficial start of summer. But the true first day of summer doesn’t come until June 21.

But it’s here. No matter how you mark the season, summer is here. To mark the occasion, restaurants across the country are offering free and cheap food. A lot of it is seasonally appropriate — ice cream and smoothies — and some of it is just good food, which doesn’t necessarily need to wait for the season to be right. Take a look below to find the best deals for the first day of summer from Dairy Queen, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Pizza, and many others.

Free Food for the First Day of Summer
Dairy Queen
The deal: Download the DQ mobile app for a nice way to welcome the summer season. You can get a free regular or dipped cone with any purchase.
When: June 21

Jamba Juice
The deal: Swing into Jamba for a free small smoothie anytime from 2-5pm.
When: June 21, 2-5pm

Wayback Burgers
The deal: Wayback is trotting out its annual Free Shake Day. When you stop by, you’ll get a free Black & White Milkshake at participating locations. No purchase is necessary.
When: June 21

Wendy’s
The deal: Use the Wendy’s app to get a free Berry Burst Chicken Salad with any purchase.
When: June 21 – July 14

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
The deal: Buy a sandwich, salad or Pick-Your-Pair item and you’ll get one for free.
When: June 20-21

Boston Market
The deal: Boston Market is feeling cocky about its new lunch sandwich options. In fact, they’ll let you turn in the lunch you brought to work and get one of their sandwiches for free today.
When: June 21, 11am-2pm

Smoothie King
The deal: Buy a smoothie on the first day of summer (which is also National Smoothie Day) and use your Healthy Rewards app to get a free smoothie loaded onto your account. The freebie can be redeemed anytime from June 22 to June 27.
When: June 21

B.GOOD
The deal: B.Good Rewards members will get set up with a free smoothie when they purchase any breakfast entrée.
When: June 18-23

Food Deals for the First Day of Summer
Néktar Juice Bar
The deal: Grab a superfood smoothie for just $5 anytime on National Smoothie Day.
When: June 21

Instacart
The deal: Instacart has a couple of deals on sweets. Order through Instacart, and you can get $1.50 off three pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Or you can get the same off two pints of select Talenti ice cream.
When: Valid until June 30

Pizza Hut
The deal: Get a large pizza for $5.99 in a new flash sale from Pizza Hut.
When: June 17-23

Blaze Pizza
The deal: Place an order of $10 or more through Postmates and you’ll get it delivered for free. Also, every order will come with two free Dough Knots. You don’t have to hit the order minimum to get some free knots.
When: June 19-23

Local Food Deals for the First Day of Summer
City Mouse at the Ace Hotel – Chicago, Illinois
The deal: The restaurant’s usually happy hour will run from open to close to help you maximize what is (hopefully) the day with the most sunlight this year. Drop in for a $4 Kolsch, $7 daiquiri, or $2 cheeseburger quesadillas.
When: June 21

Other Deals Available on the First Day of Summer

Olive Garden
The deal: The restaurant has brought back its buy-one-take-one offer. Buy an entrée that starts at $12.99 and you’ll get an entrée to take home for free. The take-home options include Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, and Cheese Ravioli.
When: Through July 29

McDonald’s
The deal: Order McDelivery through Uber Eats and you’ll get free delivery by using the code “MCDS0DF.”
When: June 17-23

Bojangles
The deal: Swing by to grab a 32-ounce cup of Legendary Ice Tea for a buck. They’ll be celebrating National Iced Tea for quite a while at Bojangles.
When: June 10 – late July

Burger King
The deal: The King is offering a few Whopper meal options. Get a $4 Whopper Jr. meal, a $5 Whopper meal, or a $6 Double Whopper meal. The meal comes with a drink and your choice of fries or onion rings.
When: Ongoing

Stop and Shop
The deal: A five-pack of mini eclairs is just $1.99 at all locations today.
When: June 22

Source: https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/first-day-of-summer-deals-free-food-2019

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Avengers: Endgame headed back to theaters with new footage

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Avengers: Endgame is heading back to theaters. In an interview with CNET sister site ComicBook.com out Wednesday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said the re-released movie would also include new footage.

“I don’t know if it’s been announced. And I don’t know how much … Yeah, we’re doing it next weekend,” Feige said.

In a separate interview with Screen Rant, Feige said it won’t be an extended cut, but rather “if you stay and watch the movie, after the credits, there’ll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises.”

That tribute will be to late Marvel legend Stan Lee.

“The Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe, reads a new listing from theater chain Cinemark. “Includes seven minutes of bonus content and Stan Lee tribute.”

Marvel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Avengers: Endgame, which came out in April, broke box office records and became the No. 2 movie of all time in the US in terms of ticket sales. As of June, it’s earned more than $831 million domestically and more than $2.7 billion worldwide. That last figure puts Endgame shy of Avatar’s record of about $2.8 billion worldwide. This re-release could help Endgame close the gap.

The movie followed 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and largely wrapped up the last decade or so of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

The re-release comes a few weeks before Marvel’s next entry, Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/avengers-endgame-headed-back-to-theaters-with-new-footage-stan-lee-tribute/

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