For the first time in 50 years, people from all over the world will not be marching the streets of New York City to advocate support of the global LGBTQ community.
To honour the origin of the Gay Rights Movement and the first NYC Pride March, KIND is paying tribute to those who’ve marched, fought and advocated for equality and respect with a rainbow light installation, while also continuing the battle for intersectional justice.
The installation is placed in the West Village, adjacent to the iconic Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the Gay Rights Movement, illuminating New York City on the eve of the 50th NYC Pride March anniversary.
Alexander Roque, President and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Centre, said: “There has never been a more critical time for people to remember how Pride all began.
“About 90% of the homeless LGBTQ youth we serve are people of colour. The rights our youth have today are because of people, who looked just like them, protested and marched.
“We’re proud to partner with KIND and hope we can bring more awareness during this revolutionary time.”
Since KIND’s founding in 2004, KIND has championed kindness as a transformative force for good – it encourages people to step out of their comfort zones, connect in authentic ways and discover each other’s humanity.
Daniel Lubetzky, Founder & Executive Chairman of KIND, said: “KIND is proud to support the global LGBTQ community, its allies, and the important work of the LGBTQ Rights Movement.
“With our light tribute, we seek to keep the spirit of Pride Marches alive while inspiring future generations to continue demanding freedom, respect, and equality for all.”