One World Trade Center, Kosciuszko Bridge, Mid-Hudson Bridge, SUNY Central Administration Building, State Education Building, Alfred E. Smith Building and State Fair Main Gate and Exposition Center to be Illuminated
Iconic Landmarks Will Shine in Colors of Transgender Flag Thursday and Friday and Colors of the LGBTQ Pride Flag on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
WorldPride Welcome Kiosks Open Now Through Friday at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced landmarks across the state will be lit in honor of WorldPride and the LGBTQ community, including the spire of One World Trade Center, the Kosciuszko Bridge, the Mid-Hudson Bridge, the SUNY Central Administration Building, the State Education Building, the Alfred E. Smith Building, the State Fair Exposition Center and LED boards featured at the State Fair Main Gate. The structures will be illuminated in the colors of the transgender flag Thursday June 27 and Friday June 28, in recognition of Trans Day of Action, and in the colors of the pride flag on Wednesday June 26, Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30 in celebration of Pride in New York. Additionally, Niagara Falls will be lit in the colors of the pride flag on Sunday June 30 and Friday July 5 for its Pride at the Falls event, and The Herb Brooks Arena will light the ice in colors of the pride flag during the Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships Thursday through Sunday.
"New York is the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement, so it is fitting that on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, we are hosting WorldPride," Governor Cuomo said. "This year we made historic progress with enactment of GENDA, the ban on conversion therapy and the repeal of the gay and trans panic legal defense. We have so much to be proud of, and the lighting of these landmarks sends a clear message to the world that LGBTQ people are welcomed in New York and we will continue fighting every day to ensure full equality."
"As the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement, we continue to lead the nation fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We celebrate significant accomplishments this year to ensure equality and justice, like eliminating the gay and trans panic defense, passing GENDA and banning conversion therapy. As we mark Stonewall 50, New York is proud to be the host of WorldPride this year celebrating the diversity that makes us the Empire State."
WorldPride, the largest international LGBTQ Pride celebration, is being held in New York this year, marking the first time it has been located in the United States. The commemoration includes marches, performances and festivals that promote the LGBTQ rights movement. To welcome visitors to New York City for WorldPride and Stonewall 50, WorldPride Welcome kiosks including banners, information and volunteers will be open at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airport baggage claim welcome centers until Friday.
During Pride Month, Governor Cuomo has announced several initiatives and events to encourage and promote the WorldPride celebrations. On June 1, Governor Cuomo announced the opening of the New York State WorldPride Welcome Center on Christopher Street in New York City's West Village, just steps from the Stonewall National Monument. On June 5, the Governor announced the opening of the LGBTQ Pride Month Exhibit in the New York State Capitol, which honors the impact of LGBTQ New Yorkers and includes portions of the International AIDS Quilt. The LGBTQ Pride flag was also raised over the Capitol for the first time in history. On June 13, Governor Cuomo announced the winners of the New York State WorldPride Ambassadors Competition and highlighted their stories in a video.
Throughout his time in office, Governor Cuomo has been a national leader in championing LGBTQ rights and has fought back against the federal government's ongoing attacks against the LGBTQ community, including the military ban and the rollback of healthcare protections for transgender people. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and legislation banning the deplorable practice of conversion therapy, signifying a landmark victory for the LGBTQ community. On May 31, Governor Cuomo announced the campaign to legalize gestational surrogacy and ban the gay and trans panic defense, and on June 19 the Governor celebrated the passage of the gay and trans panic defense ban.
All across the State, state agencies and New Yorkers have been celebrating Pride Month with several initiatives aimed at promoting the celebrations and recognizing the LGBTQ community. From Montauk to Buffalo and Staten Island to the North Country, Governor Cuomo has had representatives at Pride marches and events across New York State, celebrating and supporting local LGBTQ communities everywhere they are.
The MTA announced custom WorldPride MetroCards and Pride trains. The New York Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have numerous Pride actions to celebrate and welcome visitors coming to New York for WorldPride, including rainbow columns at Christopher Street and 9th Street PATH stations, rainbow columns and flags in the Oculus, rainbow floor decals at Port Authority Bus terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus Station.
On June 15, Four Freedoms State Park unveiled New York City's largest LGBTQ Pride Flag, which will be displayed until the end of the month of June. The Battery Park City Authority has adorned Rockefeller Park in a large scale pride flag lawn painting, which will remain for several weeks. On June 20, the New York State Division of Human Rights held a webinar on GENDA and LGBTQ rights in New York State for over 300 people and the webinar is now available permanently, as part of an ongoing initiative to ensure that every New Yorker knows their rights under the law.
For information about WorldPride events happening across New York State, go to iloveny.com/worldpride.