NYC Pride has announced that “Strength in Solidarity” will be the official theme of its upcoming events and celebrations. Organisers said they are hoping to shine a spotlight on the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community as US lawmakers attempt to reel back rights in a number of states.
The theme highlights the cultural significance LGBTQ+ people have in society, as well as being a reminder of the good that can be accomplished when we stand together. “Many individuals within our community are recognised for their unyielding creativity and ingenuity, and when we blend the individual threads of our community with those of our allies, together we can see the magnificent tapestry our combined effort produces,” said NYC Pride Executive Director Sandra Pérez. “The fact that 91% of anti-LGBTQIA+ bills in 2022 failed to become law is an example of our strength in solidarity. “Yet already in 2023, lawmakers across the country have introduced nearly 400 bills restricting the rights and freedoms of LGBTQIA+ people, including two in Connecticut and six in New Jersey. “Many of these bills directly target trans people and their families.
These attacks against our community require not only us but especially our allies to vocally and visibly reinforce commitments to embracing our individual talents, empowering our collaborations, fortifying our bonds, and joining as a cohesive community of LGBTQIA+ people and allies so we can persevere and thrive.” The NYC Pride 2023 calendar will feature legacy events including The Rally on Saturday, 17 June as well as the annual NYC Pride March, PrideFest, and Pride Island on Sunday, 25 June.