Pride will take on special meaning this year as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. On June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn — a popular hangout for New York’s LGBTQ+ community — were confronted when police officials raided the establishment in the early hours of the morning. A series of uprisings followed that are widely credited with kickstarting the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States.

This year, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, WorldPride will be hosted for the first time on US soil – in New York City. The It Gets Better Project saw this as a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the progress of the global LGBTQ+ community, and Destination: WorldPride was born.

Destination: World Pride

For the last eight years, the It Gets Better Project has leveraged the power of storytelling to empower LGBTQ+ youth around the world. With an affiliate network spanning 20 countries, the It Gets Better Project is a global force for good with an unparalleled reach into the hearts and minds of millions of young LGBTQ+ people striving to fulfill their greatest potential.

Join the It Gets Better Project for Destination: WorldPride, a campaign designed to amplify the importance of fostering a world where all LGBTQ+ young people are free to live equally and know their worthiness and power as individuals. Get your feet wet in Miami. Make a splash in Los Angeles. Or pull out all the stops for WorldPride in New York.

The It Gets Better Project offers a full slate of sponsorship opportunities to plug into the 2019 Pride season. For more information, download our complete 2019 sponsorship kit here.

For custom opportunities to connect with It Gets Better Project supporters at multiple events, please contact Ross von Metzke at


It Gets Better: A Sunset Pride Celebration
Friday, April 5 – 5:30 – 8:30pm
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Kick off Miami Beach Pride in style with an evening cocktail reception overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay, featuring music, hosted cocktails and hor d’oeuvres.

It Gets Better: A Poolside Pride Celebration
Saturday, June 8 – 1-5pm
The Standard, Hollywood

Celebrate Los Angeles Pride at our signature pool party on the iconic Sunset Strip. Have fun in the sun with cocktails, entertainment, VIP experience and more.

Tickets on sale now. 

Pride on the Horizon
Friday, June 28 – 6-9pm
The Standard, East Village

Pride on the Horizon is a can’t-miss opportunity for LGBTQ+ people ages 13 -20 looking to kick off Pride weekend in style. Guests will enjoy performances from up-and-coming teen drag stars, a beauty bar experience, DJ and dancing, food, fabulous friends and more.

Tickets available now. 

It Gets Better: A Penthouse Pride Celebration
Saturday, June 29 – 2-5pm
The Standard, East Village

Our Pride Event Series concludes with a celebration during WorldPride in New York. Enjoy an afternoon cocktail reception with sweeping views of New York in one of the city’s most beautiful penthouse spaces.

Tickets on sale now.


World Pride and Stonewall 50 will be celebrated throughout the month of June, but the heart of the It Gets Better Project’s Destination: WorldPride campaign will take place between June 24, 2019 – June 29, 2019. In addition to the events mentioned above, the It Gets Better Project will be participating in the WorldPride Human Rights conference, marching in the NYC Pride march, and hosting its first Global Summit in the US.

It Gets Better Summits were established to support the continuing education needs of the It Gets Better Project’s Global Affiliate Network, which now maintains a footprint spanning four continents. For more information on It Gets Better Summits and/or how to get involved, please contact Justin Tindall, our Director of Education & Global Programming at