PHOTOS: The Rally Kicks Off Pride Weekend in NYC

New York City's 45th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Rally launched the weekend with Michelle Visage, Demi Lovato, Sharon Needles, and Betty Who.

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 29 2014 6:57 PM ET

It was a magical night at Pier 26 at Hudson River Park as a celebratory crowd cheered some of their favorote entertainers, activists, and LGBT personalities. Thanks to Michelle Kinney for these great photos.

Current Advocate cover girl Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who can be seen in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black where she plays the ground breaking role of Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African American, transgender woman. The show returns for its highly anticipated 2nd season June 6, 2014. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show and Time magazine named ‘Sophia Burset’ the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013.

Betty Who’s debut single "Somebody Loves You" was initially released independently as a free download, and was premiered by pop music blogger and at-the-time official Grammy blogger Arjan Writes on November 30, 2012. Cowritten by Newham and Thomas, and produced by Thomas, the song garnered immediate praise, spreading quickly online and being featured by other well known outlets including Socialite Life, Pop On And On, and Popservations. A music video, directed by Evan Savitt, was released in January 2013, and an official remix by acclaimed indie pop producer FM Attack was released in March 2013. In March 2014, "Somebody Loves You" reached number one on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart.
www.bettywhomusic.com

2013 proved to be a career defining year for Demi Lovato, Demi (2013) became her most ground breaking international album to date, her book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year became a New York Times best-seller, she returned to television as a judge and mentor on The X-Factor and starred in Fox’s hit series Glee, she collaborated on an innovative nail line, and continued to support charities close to her heart.

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