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NYC Cancels LGBTQ March For The First Time In 50 Years
New York City’s Pride Celebration has been canceled for the first time in its 50-year history as a result of the coronavirus.
The march honors the Stonewall uprising, which is known to have sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement.
Just last year, the city hosted the biggest Pride March to date as it marked the 50th anniversary of the rebellion. #Stonewall 50 drew an estimated 5 million people to New York City.
Heritage of Pride, the organization the city-wide the march, made the announcement shortly after New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s press conference where he announced the cancellation of permits for all large events for the month of June, as reported by NBC News.
“This probably will not surprise you,” De Blasio said at a coronavirus briefing before announcing the cancellation of June’s Celebrate Israel, Puerto Rican Day, and LGBTQ pride parades.
De Blasio added, “This year is the 50th anniversary of the pride parade, and it’s a very, very big deal. That march is such an important part of life in this city, but this year, in particular, it was going to be something that was a historic moment.”
It’s with a sad heart that we let everyone know that Mayor De Blasio has made the decision to cancel all June in-person gatherings, including NYC Pride events, in response to the ongoing health crisis.— New York City Pride (@NYCPride) April 20, 2020
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Instead of an in-person march this year, InterPride, an international organization comprised of local, regional, and national pride planning organizations, will host a 24-hour virtual “Global Pride” event on June 27 that is expected to be broadcasted around the world live on Facebook.
Across the 🌏, a huge number of 2020’s Pride festivals have been cancelled due to #COVID19.— Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) April 20, 2020
Hundreds of #LGBTQI Pride orgs are now working with @InterPride to create #GlobalPride online on 27/28 June.
Exist. Persist. Resist. Pride won’t be beaten! 🏳️🌈https://t.co/scmCmb3H7e pic.twitter.com/wUp3eNHVmP