Photographer Chris Berntsen documents the community stronghold that has endured over 60 years.
This comes only a few months after the city announced a third gender option on birth certificates.
She sang "Like a Prayer" and gave an empowering speech.
The boy band alum will ring in 2019 with Barefoot Bubbly in Times Square.
She was found at Jacob Riis Beach and is believed to have drowned.
The incident has drawn attention to a larger issue in gay nightlife.