Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts lit in Pride colors on June 18, 2020 in New York City
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Bathing in the light of Pride
In June 2020, Lincoln Center, New York City's premier arts complex, lit its iconic plaza and fountain in the colors of the rainbow for the first time. It was as a tribute during Pride Month to Pride celebrations and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the LGBTQI+ rights movement. The theme of this year's NYC Pride celebrations is 'The Fight Continues,' in recognition of the advancements that have been made over the last 51 years and to highlight the ongoing struggle for equality.
'We're fighting for ourselves, fighting for the BIPOC and trans members of our community, and fighting for future generations,' said André Thomas, NYC Pride's co-chair. 'NYC Pride events offer an opportunity to gather in community and highlight the diversity, resilience, and power of the LGBTQI+ community, giving us the energy and spirit we need to continue the fight,' Thomas continued. That resilience is evident in the event itself, which pivoted to an all-virtual program last year in the midst of the pandemic, but which integrates in-person and virtual experiences in 2021, including today's NYC Pride March. Similar celebrations are ongoing around the US and the world.