May 31, 2019
In celebration of Pride Week, Slow Roll Buffalo hosted our first Pride Ride, a community bike ride tracing the history of the local Pride movement.
Part of Pride Center of WNY & Evergreen Health's Buffalo Pride Week, the week offers “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."
At the start of the ride, longtime Evergreen Health grant writer and founding member of the Pride Center, Kate Gallivan, spoke to riders about the past, present and future of the movement.
GObike Buffalo complete streets coordinator and cartographer for the Buffalo-Niagara LBGTQ History Project, Cory Holzerland, also helped narrate the ride with history of the pride movement in Western New York.
The Buffalo-Niagara LBGTQ History Project will be hosting a panel discussion, Gay Liberation NOW: Buffalo Mattachine and the Myth of Stonewall, on June 27 the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (695 Elmwood Avenue) featuring members of two of Buffalo’s first gay rights organizations, the Mattachine Society of the Niagara Frontier and Sisters of Sappho. The discussion will provide a rare chance to learn about the founding of Buffalo’s gay rights movement directly from the people who founded it. The panel starts at 6 pm, and all tickets are sliding scale with a suggested donation of $5.
“Though small, Buffalo is responsible for giving the world its first gay liberation anthem,
building the third largest gay community center in the US, and including transgender activists
at a moment when few gay organizations did. This June, the History Project will host a panel
and a march, telling the story of how Buffalo’s small but mighty gay rights movement came
into existence. And in honor of Stonewall 50, we will explore how an uprising in NYC inspired a
movement in Buffalo.”
Their second event on June 29 is part walking tour, part peaceful march. Beginning at the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library (1 Lafayette Square) at 4 pm, the tour will visit the bars, community centers, and protest sites that built Buffalo’s gay rights movement. The tour is 21⁄2 hours long, admission fee is sliding scale, and accommodations can be made for participants with disabilities.
For more information on the Buffalo-Niagara LBGTQ History Project, visit their Facebook page.
Our first Pride Ride was supported from KeyBank in partnership with First Niagara Foundation; Community Beer Works hosted the afterparty offering food, drinks, music and fellowship.