Organisers of New York City’s annual LGBT+ Pride events have officially announced the cancellation of all 2020 Pride events originally scheduled for June 14-28 due to you guessed it … COVID-19.
The cancellation of the New York’s Pride events follows the cancellations of San Francisco’s Pride parade last week, and other Pride events form numerous other cities in the United States and across Europe.
The news also comes after organises of Washinton D.C.’s annual Pride parade and festival announced on the 30th of March that their event would be postponed and rescheduled for later in the year – a task that now seems unlikely.
“As the days have passed, it has become more and more clear that even with a decline in the spread of COVID-19, large-scale events such as ours are unlikely to happen in the near future,” explained Maryanne Roberto Fine, who is the co-chair of New York City Pride.
“We understand that we need to reimagine NYC Pride events – and have already begun to do just that,” Fine added.
New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has since issued a statement reinforcing his views on the importance of the New York Pride events.
“New York City is the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement,” de Blasio stated.
“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 resiliency of LGBTIA+ New Yorkers in the struggle for equality.”
“While this pandemic prevents us from coming together to march, 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,” he added.