For the first time in 50 years, New York City Pride March has canceled its annual event due to the coronavirus pandemic. This news comes just after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that NYC will cancel permits for all city events due to be held in June, including the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Israel Day Parade and the NYC Pride March.
“New York City is the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. We’ve come a long way since the first Christopher Street Liberation Day March 50 years ago, which is a testament to the bravery and resiliency of LGBTIA+ New Yorkers in the struggle for equality,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in his press announcement earlier this week.
“While this pandemic prevents us from coming together to march, it will in no way stop us from celebrating the indelible contributions that the LGBTIA+ community has made to New York City or from recommitting ourselves to the fight for equal rights.”
As ‘Forbes’ reports, pride events from all around the globe have been canceled or postponed. In the United States, San Francisco canceled the event, Seattle is planning to take their pride events virtual and Los Angeles has postponed their pride until a later date.
In a statement from Maryanne Roberto Fine, co-chair of NYC Pride, it was made clear that they’re already making efforts to figure out different ways to celebrate pride while allowing people to continue with their own self-isolation habits. “As the days have passed, it has become more and more clear that even with a decline in the spread [of the pandemic,] large-scale events such as ours are unlikely to happen in the near future. We understand that we need to reimagine NYC Pride events - and have already begun to do just that.”
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