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New York City will play host to WorldPride in 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Drew Sheldrick

20 Oct 2015 - 9:52 AM  UPDATED 20 Oct 2015 - 9:52 AM

New York City will host the 2019 WorldPride event following a successful bid by NYC Pride, the organisers of the city's annual pride festival.

The host was decided by a vote of the membership of InterPride, the international association for LGBTI Pride organisers, which held its world conference in Las Vegas at the weekend.

WorldPride 2019 will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, one of the most significant historical events of the LGBTI rights movement.

On 28 June 1969, a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn, was raided by police. Its members fought back against what they saw as ongoing police harassment, sparking what is now known as the "Stonewall Riots" or "Stonewall Uprising".

NYC Pride Stonewall 50 director David Schneider said in a statement following the announcement that he was grateful fellow Pride organisers had chosen New York City for the occassion.

“The Stonewall Uprising is considered the most significant event that ignited the modern LGBT rights movement, so it makes perfect sense to bring WorldPride to the birthplace of Pride in 2019," he said.

The theme of the 2019 event will be "Millions of Moments of Pride".

WorldPride has previously been held in Jerusalem, London and Toronto, and is due to be held in Madrid in 2017.