This article was published on May 14th, 2019
New York is a city that knows how to party, especially during Pride month in June. The whole city—from the Empire State Building to Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the four other Burroughs, all the way down to the tip of Manhattan—is donned in rainbow. Throughout the largest city in North America, there are gay pride flags and emblems. A new mural project across all five burroughs of NYC will solidify the city that kicked off the modern-day gay rights movement’s commitment to the LGBT rights movement and Stonewall Uprising.
If you’ve never been to New York Pride before, now is your chance to immerse yourself in the world’s largest LGBT festivities. With the combined events of WorldPride, NYC Pride, and Stonewall 50, everywhere you look will be clad in the yellow, red, orange, blue, green, purple, and pink of the queer flag. The World-Pride Mural Project is an artist mural project that will stretch across Manhattan, the Bronx, Staton Island, Queens, and Brooklyn and will illustrate the queer acceptance that the City That Never Sleeps has long embraced.
Executive Director of NYC Pride Chris Frederick says: “Art, in all its forms, has always been an integral means of expression in the LGBTQIA+ community, and particularly meaningful to the fabric of New York City’s culture. Street art is a poetic example of this expression and the 50 WorldPride muralists will, no doubt, combine beauty and poignant messaging at a time when our collective stories can be – and must be – told.”
World-renowned queer artists have been summoned for this massive art installation project. All are committed equality and human right, with their murals set to illustrate what it means to identify as queer in 2019. Buff Monster, STIK, Nomad Clan, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Kunle Martins also known as Earsnot, and Gianni Lee have all been drafted to create this massive art project across New York.
The first set of murals began on May 1 in Midtown Manhattan at Arlo NoMad. Throughout May and June, new murals will be created and revealed, culminating before the opening ceremonies of WorldPride 2019. These art installations will remain in place for all of June Pride Month. Macy’s itself will unveil its own murals at its Broadway location at Herald Square on June 6th, solidify themselves as an ally for queer people since the beginning. Their prime position in the heart of New York City will mean millions of people will see their queer commitment.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to make plans to attend what is sure to be the biggest, gayest bash ever held—in the epicenter of the world. New York City will be all rainbows, love, and epic queerness. Thanks to this art project of outrageous proportions, WorldPride will have a lasting legacy across New York City. Head to NYC this June to celebrate WorldPride 2019 and make a point of trying to spy all the murals of the WorldPride Mural Project. While set to be temporary, here’s to hoping these fabulous new additions to NYC last longer than just Pride month!
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