Already thinking ahead to LGBTQ Pride Month? Us too.
This morning, organizers from Heritage of Pride revealed the theme for New York City Pride 2021: "The Fight Continues." The phrase is an homage to the many battles ahead for NYC and the United States at large, including the COVID-19 pandemic, subsequent "economic hardship," and the alarmingly high rates of fatal violence against transgender Americans, particularly trans people of color. The announcement was also paired with a visual campaign from photographer Cait Opperman.
Last year's theme was "The Future Is...", a sentiment meant to "[connect] the past, present, and future of the LGBTQIA+ community." It was announced before COVID-19-related shutdowns and social-distancing mandates, so naturally, 2020's festivities looked a little different than previous years. Nevertheless, LGBTQ New Yorkers kept the spirit of Pride alive with virtual events like Stonewall Day and un-permitted, corporation-free protests like the second annual Queer Liberation March.
In a statement, NYC Pride co-chair André Thomas said the 2021 theme was chosen to "acknowledge all that we’ve accomplished and look towards what still needs to be done."
"We’re fighting for ourselves, fighting for the BIPOC and trans members of our community, and fighting for future generations," Thomas continued. "NYC Pride events offer an opportunity to gather in community and highlight the diversity, resilience, and power of the LGBTQIA+ community, giving us the energy and spirit we need to continue the fight."
So far, organizers have confirmed that the NYC Pride March will take place on Saturday, June 27, with a virtual component as well as "to-be-determined in-person elements." A virtual rally is scheduled for Friday, June 25, too.
"In 2020 our world dramatically changed very quickly, and in a matter of weeks we were forced to pivot to virtual programming and cancel many of our events," said interim executive director David A. Correa. "With much more time to prepare in 2021, we’re bringing back many of the events we were forced to cancel last year."
For more information, visit NYC Pride's website.