January 15, 2019 at 12:43 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Melissa Etheridge to perform at WorldPride Closing Ceremony in NYC
Melissa Etheridge, gay news, Washington Blade
Melissa Etheridge (Photo by John Tsiavis)

NYC Pride, the official host of WorldPride 2019 and Stonewall 50, has announced that Melissa Etheridge will headline WorldPride’s Closing Ceremony in Times Square which takes place on Sunday, June 30 from 7-10 p.m.

“I am thrilled to perform at the WorldPride Closing Ceremony while commemorating the 50thAnniversary of the Stonewall Uprising,” Etheridge said in a statement. “That night, Times Square will serve as a home to a multitude of LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies on a truly momentous evening of love, pride, and community – capping what I’m sure will be an extraordinary month of celebrations.”

The Grammy winner will be joined by other performers but the full lineup won’t be announced until February.

WorldPride’s theme this year is “Millions of Moments of Pride” which will be celebrated with 25 events throughout the month of June. The closing ceremony culminates the month of festivities and “passes the torch” to the next host city.

“Over four million people will descend upon New York City for the largest LGBTQIA+ gathering in our history,” Chris Frederick, NYC Pride’s managing director, said in a statement. “We look forward to closing out WorldPride in celebration and in commemoration of our storied history and our invaluable collected experiences as a community.”

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