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First-ever "Tribeca Celebrates Pride" event will include notable LGBT guest speakers, short films, and Lady Bunny

"Tribeca Celebrates Pride" debuts this year at the historic film festival.
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It was announced today that the Tribeca Film Festival will launch its first-ever LGBT event called "Tribeca Celebrates Pride." The day-long program which takes place on May 4 will honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

They have also invited guests Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Larry Kramer, and Asia Kate Dillon, to speak in a series conversations which will conclude with the world premiere of HBO Documentary Films’ "Wig," a movie which spotlights the world of drag and Wigstock.

The screening will be followed by a special drag show hosted by the legendary Lady Bunny.

Additionally, the event will shine a light on the LGBT experience through a carefully curated program of seven short films, all of which are playing in competition at the Festival. Notable talent featured in these shorts include Angelica Ross (Pose), Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Zackary Drucker (Transparent).

“This year, Tribeca will showcase artists who have used storytelling to bring people together around a common goal: inclusivity. We’ve come so far in the fifty years since the Stonewall riots, but there is so much more to be done,” said Paula Weinstein, EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. “In honor of that pivotal moment in our culture, we hope this day of LGBTQ+ storytelling-driven programming will not just honor the work of those who came before us, but also those who are helping to ignite the passion of the next generation.”

Lucy Mukerjee, a Senior Programmer at Tribeca is also excited about the block,  “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity during my first year at the Tribeca Film Festival to bring the queer community and our allies together," she said. "This exciting landmark event at the Festival showcases how fostering LGBTQ+ culture plays a role in moving society forward and creating a better tomorrow.”

Tribeca Celebrates Pride partners include The Stonewall Inn, NYC Pride, and The Human Rights Campaign. 

Co-hosts include ACT UP, Callen Lorde, Immigration Equality, NALIP, NewFest, Queer|Art, The Trevor Project, Trans Can Work, True Colors United and Vocal NY. 

Rivianna Hyatt will speak on behalf of True Colors United and Laura A. Jacobs on behalf of Callen Lorde.