NEW YORK — The Pulse nightclub owner and manager will be attending New York City Pride week events starting this weekend to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre.
New York's Pride week remembering the victims of Orlando.
Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma and entertainment managerNeema Bahrami will arrive in NYC and attend Pride events starting Friday.
"Barbara is going to talk a little about the loss and what that means to her personally," NYC Pride Co-Chair David Studinski said.
Poma will speak to thousands at Pier 26 in Lower Manhattan Friday night at 7:00 p.m. She will also help lead the Pride March along Fifth Avenue on Sunday.
The visit comes as NYPD continues to boost its connection to the city's LGBT community.
NYPD highlighted some of its gay officers in a new video.
The department also unveiled a rainbow-themed patrol vehicle ahead of Pride week. Many police cruisers also have rainbow-colored heart stickers that read "NYC Pride" and "Pride Equality Peace."
"Seeing that rainbow patrol vehicle was pretty impressive, it's a contrast to our relationship to NYPD 20-30 years ago now it's quit different," NYC Pride Co-Chair Maryanne Roberto Fine said.
Security will remain tight all week during Pride. Organizers said they will use NYPD to protect the outside of all most events, with private security officers, including undercover police inside most venues.
The goal is to keep pride safe while they celebrate. If you attend any events, expect metal detectors and bag inspections at checkpoints. Best advice you don't need anything extra — leave it at home.