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Virtual NY Pride to Honor LGBTQ Frontline Heroes

The New York LGBT Network, organizers of Long Island Pride, announced today that Pride will go on and be bigger than ever. Adhering to meeting the requirements to not gather in large crowds, this year’s Pride celebration will feature “Virtual NY Pride” on Sunday, June 14th, the day commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Long Island Pride which was scheduled to take place at Jones Beach.

“We are now adjusting to living in the new normal and we have to remember that Pride is not only an event, but a state of being,” said David Kilmnick, President/CEO of the New York LGBT Network. “It is not an option to cancel Pride. We are creating many ways for everyone to be OUT, while we are in,” said Kilmnick. 

Virtual NY Pride will deliver all the much-anticipated elements of Pride that build community, inspire and empower hundreds of thousands and help to save lives. Some of the events for Virtual NY Pride include a virtual 5K race, a special Pride LGBTQ Exhibit and programs recognizing local LGBTQ heroes in partnership with LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment, the Port Authority of NY & NJ, LGBT Youth Prom and a Virtual NY Pride two-hour virtual streaming event on Sunday, June 14th featuring a virtual parade, live and recorded performances from local artists and celebrities, speakers and special guests. Sponsors include Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Northwell Health.  

In lieu of the traditional individual Grand Marshals for Pride, the Virtual NY Pride celebration will be honoring and recognizing all the LGBTQ heroes on the frontlines fighting COVID-19. “This pandemic has put in perspective who and what is essential. We know that celebrating Pride is essential for many, but this year Pride has a new meaning. We are so thankful and proud of our LGBTQ and allied community members risking themselves on the frontlines to care for everyone and each one of them will be our Grand Marshals. Their stories of bravery & courage will be told throughout the entire month, with a special portion of the livestream event on June 14th dedicated to honor them,” said Kilmnick.

The New York LGBT Network is accepting nominations to recognize all LGBTQ heroes on the frontlines at virtualnypride.org/lgbtqheroes. And this special livestream event will not only feature celebrity entertainment, but also recognize local performance artists. Performance artists can submit their auditions at virtualnypride.org/performer to secure a spot on the Virtual NY Pride stage which is anticipated to be viewed by over 500,000 people.

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