Bronx BP Diaz Jr. LGBT Pride Celebration

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Annual LGBT Pride Celebration

By Robert Press

There was no LGBT Pride Celebration in 2020, and in 2021 the celebration was held outdoors of the Riverdale Y in Riverdale. The crowd was smaller than in the past when the event was held at Billy’s Sports Bar on East 161St Street, but everyone who attended was glad there was a celebration this year. On a sad note this will be the last LGBT event that Bronx BP Diaz Jr. will be hosting (due to term-limits), and many said they hope the celebration begun by Diaz Jr. continues with the next Bronx Borough President. 

Two of the five candidates running to replace Diaz Jr, were in attendance. Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez and Councilwoman Vanesa Gibson. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and Councilman Eric Dinowitz were also in attendance.

(L-R) Assemblywoman Fernandez, Councilman Dinowitz, Honoree Michael Beau Ivory, and Justin Sanchez of BP Diaz’s office.

(L-R) Former 15th City Council Candidate Elisa Crespo, Appolonia Cruz, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr., and Bronx DA Darcel Clark

Honorees (L-R) Michael Beau Ivory, Kim Watson, Bronx BP Diaz Jr., Jose Ramon (posthumously), Marie Spivey, Jeannie Sol, with Vivika Westwood Mugler in front.


Tym Moss Doing ‘New York New York’.


Bronx DA Darcel Clark joined in for some enjoyment.

BP Diaz Jr. joined Vivika Westwood Mugler for a dance.

As the celebration drew to a close, the reality of this being the last official Pride Month Event by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. set in with many, for one last hug. 

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