Beyond Stonewall:
LGBT History Tour

Learn How New York’s LGBT Locals Transformed America!

Each year, NYC Pride offers festivities and social events showcasing the diverse LGBT communities throughout the five boroughs. But at New York Tour1, we don’t just celebrate - we commemorate. When it comes to LGBT history, New York City has witnessed many firsts. From Stonewall Inn - the birthplace of the Gay Rights movement - to the Gay Liberation Monument, New York City has inspired pioneers, artists, and neighborhoods that transformed America and the world.

Credit: Charles Hutchins
pride week tour group

Walk through history as you explore the streets of Manhattan. Our two-hour itinerary takes you from the 60s to present day, and includes visits to:

  • The Stonewall Inn: Location of the Stonewall Riots and birthplace of the Gay Rights Movement.
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center: An institution that has served the LGBT community since its founding in 1983.
  • Larry Kramer Residence: Home of Larry Kramer, the critically acclaimed author of The Normal Heart (1985), The Destiny of Me (1992), and Women in Love (1969).
  • The Waverly Theater: Where Richard O’Brien’s genre-and-gender-bending music The Rocky Horror Show first played.
  • Gay Liberation Monument: The first work of public art that commemorates LGBT rights.

What happens if I am late and miss the group?

It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.

Does the tour happen during the rain or snow?

We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please check the weather report and be prepared.

What is the tipping or gratuities policy?

Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.

Is this tour included with a pass?

Yes, this tour is included with a pass. You’ll need to make a reservation with your credit card. No charges will apply IF you show up with a valid pass. You can cancel 48 hours prior to your tour without penalty. You can always reschedule your tour. This allows us to better manage our group size and make the tour experience better for you.

Important Restrictions

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early as the tour starts on time. You will not be able to catch up to the tour if late.
  • Just tell the guide your name. No need to print out the ticket or confirmation email.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE: The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability) or offered a refund.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS: Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Passes are accepted for this tour.

Rescheduling Policy

  • We understand that your plans sometimes change. That is why we try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible with our Flexible Reschedule Policy.
  • Free Rescheduling Anytime: Reschedule your tour anytime without penalty even if you missed the tour.
  • Refund after rescheduling: Once you have been rescheduled, there can be no refunds if you decide not to take the tour.
  • There is no rescheduling for this tour.
  • Passes: For pass holders, you can always reschedule as long as your pass is valid for the day of the tour. If your pass is no longer valid on your rescheduled tour date, you’ll be charged for the full amount of the tour.

Meeting Location: 6th Avenue and Waverly Place

By Subway:

Christopher Street

to West 4th Street

By Car: Click here to view a map of nearby paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.

Tour Bus Loading/ Unloading and Parking: Click here for a list of DOT’s authorized bus layover locations.

Tour Ends: Stonewall

pride parade

You’re invited to our weeklong celebration of LGBT history and culture in NYC, which remains a national platform and hub for the LGBT community. Our tour gives you a comprehensive overview to illustrate the breadth and impact that New York LGBT locals had on the country and the world.

Learn the historical significance of the Stonewall Riots. Visit the homes of literary luminaries like Edna St. Vincent Millay and Lorraine Hansberry. Discover the setting of the groundbreaking TV show Will & Grace, which former Vice President Joe Biden praised for encouraging social acceptance of gay marriage.

"The Stonewall Riots were a key moment for gay people. - Edmund White"

Like you, our guides are travelers who understand that your NYC trip is a unique opportunity to create lasting memories. They are also historians who are deeply knowledgeable about their subject. Let us help you #MaketheMostofNYC.

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