Get ready, New York! NYC Pride reveals its theme for 2018.
From June 14 to June 24, NYC Pride will take to the streets once again to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and to raise awareness for equality.
Last year’s ceremony was recently declared the best Gay Pride event of 2017, so it’s got a lot of expectations on its shoulders for 2018’s array of events to be even better. The theme’s announcement for this year’s ceremony sets the tone for a show-stopping event.
The “Defiantly Different” theme celebrates the generations before us who helped spark the fight for equality as well as the next wave of creative individuals and everyone in-between. The theme also plays as response to the Trump administration’s stance on the LGBTQ+ community.
David Studinski, NYC Pride Co-Chair, says:
This year’s theme is about showing our power, squaring our shoulders in the face of adversity, and continuing to sculpt that magnetic bond within the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. The corresponding creative showcases a wide selection of defiantly different community members – from performance artists to mental health advocates. We are standing defiantly – defiantly different and defiantly as one.
The theme for the event is truly represented in a photograph by portrait photographer Danielle Levitt. The image features members of the LGBTQ+ community, including 10-year-old drag kid Desmond Napoles “Desmond is Amazing,” curator Kiyanna Stewart, transgender model Pêche Di, and 94-year-old community activist, Frances Goldin, famously-known for her “I Love My Lesbian Daughters” sign at the annual NYC Pride March.
You can see the image below:
In a video to promote the theme, 10-year-old “Desmond is Amazing” says:
I identify as an androgynous drag kid. I am different because I am very young and doing drag at a very young age. It makes me feel amazing. It gives me courage and also gives other people courage to do what they want.
It seems like the event is set to be one to remember. You can find out more about the roster of NYC Pride events here.