This article was published on April 23rd, 2020
More organizers have announced pride events cancellations, bringing the total canceled or postponed events to more than 350 across the world. These unprecedented measures have been taken due to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis that has grounded activities to a halt.
Announcing the cancellation of NYC Pride 2020, Heritage of Pride, in partnership with the City of New York, confirmed that events scheduled for June 14-28 would not take place as planned.
The Board of Directors of the Capital Pride Alliance (CPA), organizers of Pride events in Washington, DC, on their part, voted to postpone the annual events, including the Pride Parade and Festival, in addition to the previously announced postponements of Capital Trans Pride and API Pride.
Also, events produced by partnering Pride organizations, Youth Pride, Silver Pride, DC Latinx Pride, and DC Black Pride will be similarly postponed or canceled.
According to the organization, new dates, if applicable, will be announced in the coming weeks.
“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 resilience of LGBTIA+ New Yorkers in the struggle for equality,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “While this pandemic prevents us from marching together, 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 the days have passed, it has become clearer that even with a decline in the spread of COVID-19, large-scale events such as ours are unlikely to happen soon,” said Maryanne Roberto Fine, NYC Pride Co-Chair. “We understand that we need to reimagine NYC Pride events – and have already begun to do just that.”
“Pride is a staple in New York City, and is often a safe space for many,” said David A. Correa, Interim Executive Director. “This weighed on our members, board, and staff, knowing that we serve as a haven for vulnerable communities. It was not easy to decide to cancel pride as we have come to know it over the years, especially given the financial impact this could have on LGBTQIA+ people and businesses. Still, our top priority remains the health and well-being of all those that participate with us. “
“Our theme this year, #StillWe, resonates with all of us under the current circumstances and in what will surely be new and uncharted territory for Pride organizers,” said Ashley Smith, Board President of the Capital Pride Alliance. “I know the LGBTQ+ community is always determined and resilient in the face of a challenge,” expressed Smith. “Our history is one of struggle, and with the care and support of the hundreds of thousands of people who participate in Capital Pride events, I can say with confidence that we will persevere and be there for each other in these unprecedented times,” concluded Smith.
“We are a community that thrives when we are united,” added Correa. “We may not fill the streets of New York City this year, but LGBTQIA+ people carry pride with them all year long. I do not doubt that we will be together again soon.”
A different Pride
Despite the pride events cancellations, the LGBT+ is holding stronger and showing resilience. NYC Pride, for example, will continue to focus on initiatives such as the Pride Gives Back – a grant program created to support LGBTQIA+ organizations from some of the most marginalized communities to develop much-needed programming.
NYC Pride is also honored to have the ability to help sustain these organizations during this time of financial uncertainty and challenges.
As a founding member of InterPride, NYC Pride will also participate in the Global Pride event scheduled on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
On its part, Capital Pride Alliance is offering free ad space to support local small businesses that have been supportive of the LGBTQ+ community. They’ll also create a virtual Pride exhibition for all the registered organizations, businesses, and advocates.
Other Pride events across North America have also recently announced cancellations, postponements, or move to digital events, including LA Pride (postponed), San Francisco Pride (cancelled), and Vancouver Pride (digital).