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New York City felt the full power of pride on Monday, as Variety celebrated its inaugural issue devoted to the annual recognition of LGBTQ people worldwide.
At an intimate gathering at lower east side Manhattan hotel The Orchid, rooftop bar Mr. Purple hosted Variety’s cover stars and luminaries for cocktails and the unveiling of the pride class of 2019 — including Asia Kate Dillon, Jim Parsons, Don Lemon, Hannah Gadsby, Billy Eichner and MJ Rodriguez.
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“At Variety, we are at the forefront of covering the LGBT community and showcasing representation in the industry,” said Variety New York Bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh, noting that this years pride issue was packed with 45 pages of content. He credited Variety editor in chief Claudia Eller for coming up with the idea and championing the many stories in the issue.
Eichner, Parsons and Gadsby were among the inaugural Power of Pride cover stars high atop Lower Manhattan, dancing to a set from DJ Daisy O’Dell. On the carpet, Gadsby opened up about her relationship with pride, something that isn’t always so cut and dry for her.
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“It’s busy, it’s real busy,” Gadsby said about the current pride celebrations. “It’s a complicated thing for me. I found it quite recently so, you know, it’s an absence of shame.”
A number of other powerful queer people and their allies from across Hollywood, news media and the Fortune 500 list converged, including “Queer Eye” kitchen master Antoni Porowski, cover star Don Lemon (who dipped early to take his evening anchor chair),...
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