The first-ever Russian-speaking LGBTQ pride celebration in the United States was held in New York’s Brighton Beach neighborhood on May 20, 2017. The event organized by RUSA LGBTQ+ was attended by about 200 people.
The Brighton Beach boardwalk witnessed history as the first Russian-American Pride Parade descended on the heart of the Russian-speaking community in the United States. The neighborhood has been home for immigrants from the former Soviet Union for decades.
Brighton Beach Pride 2017 in the media
The New York Times: After Fleeing Bias at Home, Gay Russians Say It Persists in Brooklyn
Tablet: ‘Make Birobidzhan Gay Again’
The Daily Beast: First Ever Russian-Speaking Pride March in NYC
Gay City News: LGBTQ Russians, Allies Liberate Brighton Beach
Voice of America story