The LGBT community is gearing up for pride celebrations.
Tona Brown is poised to make history at Carnegie Hall on June 25 as the first black transgender woman to perform on the world famous stage.
The mezzo-soprano, who has performed for President Obama, calls it the opportunity of a lifetime.
"I want to share with the world that transgender people are just like everyone else and that we have goals and aspirations just like everyone else," Brown said.
"This is something that I think is going to send a message of equality of inclusiveness and make a historical statement," says event emcee Nathan James.
Harlem Pride is marking it's 5th anniversary with LGBT celebrations uptown next week.
It includes a number of events, culminating with a big celebration on Saturday June 28 in Jackie Robinson Park.
"In Harlem, we are celebrating the diversity of Harlem. All the way from the Harlem Renaissance to today's gentrification. Harlem is a unique community unto itself and we like to celebrate uptown pride," said an organizer.
To learn more about those events visit Harlempride.org
and to see Tona Brown perform at Carnegie hall visit carnegiehall.org.