About US

 
 

WHO WE are

Christopher Street Tours is comprised of a dedicated and passionate group of tour guides that care about LGBTQ history and the mission of making this important information accessible to all. We believe in engaging our guests through fun and informative ways, painting an accurate picture of LGBTQ history. We share stories from activists of the past as an inspiration to those who join us, to continue through their footsteps into the modern LGBTQ movement.

Our tour story

Our story starts in 2015, with a graduate thesis paper, “The Impact of the Stonewall Riots on College Students.” Written by our founder, Michael Venturiello (studying Higher Education at the time…), a spark was ignited. Learning about the Stonewall Uprising and it’s impact around the world created a passion for Michael to learn more about his own history. The initial plan was to continue on that thesis paper, eventually publishing a historical fiction novel about the Stonewall Riots (which is still in progress).

Moving to New York City a few years later, Michael wanted to join an LGBTQ history walking tour to learn more about the historical area, but was disheartened to see that the only options available were during Pride month, or too expensive for his post-grad budget.

Seeing a need in the community, Michael created Christopher Street Tours in June 2018 - an LGBTQ-owned walking tour company, that focuses solely on LGBTQ walking tours and experiences. We offer LGBTQ tours all year round, and in alignment with our mission to make this history accessible, we offer free tours to LGBTQ youth. Since our founding, we’ve given tours to people from all across the country and all around the world, sharing this important and meaningful history.

 

Our tours

  • LGBTQ History Walking Tour

  • LGBTQ Bar Tour

  • Private Tours

  • Group Tours

Our Experiences

  • Speaking Engagements

  • LGBTQ Trainings
    and Workshops

  • LGBTQ Alternative Break Trips

Photo Credit: Ifaa Amit

Photo Credit: Ifaa Amit


 

Mission

We believe in providing accessible knowledge of LGBTQ history to all, uplifting voices and sharing stories from those who have paved the way before us. We strive to create meaningful and educational experiences for the New York City community, as well as our national and global communities.

Values

Learning

The main goal of Christopher Street Tours is to share information and knowledge with the greater community. Our experiences provide a space where tour guide and visitors alike can learn from each other.

Passion

Christopher Street Tours began as a passion project from our founder, and every experience has this type of passion infused into it. All experiences provided are given due to a high level of personal interest and a passion for sharing LGBTQ history.

Inclusion

We want everyone to feel welcomed and included with Christopher Street Tours. Our experiences provide visitors with a safe, open space to freely be their true, authentic, genuine selves.

Responsibility

We have a responsibility to you, our visitors, to provide a high-quality, high-service, tour experience. We also have a responsibility to share an accurate depiction of LGBTQ history, and to lift voices of the past. This is why, incorporated into all of our experiences, you will hear stories from individuals, organizations, and communities shared from the past.