*NEWS* QUEENS TO HOLD ANNUAL PRIDE MONTH CELEBRATION
Thursday, June 18 at 2:00PM
(Thursday, June 11 at 11:43am)
QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, New York City Council Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm and City Council Deputy Leader Jimmy Van Bramer together will host the annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Celebration virtually on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:00PM at www.queensbp.org.
The virtual celebration, to be livestreamed online, will feature performance by Miss LCA, a special message by actor and Queens native John Leguizamo, music provided by DJ Miss Hap, and a tribute to those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the Caribbean Equality Project, the LGBT Network, Out Rockaway and Queens Pride will also participate in a panel discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as resources available to LGBTQIA+ youth and seniors.
Augmenting the June 18 LGBTQIA+ Pride Month celebration is an 11-minute short film produced by QPTV and posted on www.queensbp.org/pride about leading trans-Latinx activist Lorena Borjas of Jackson Heights who passed away on March 30 this year due to complications caused by COVID-19.
“Queens is unabashedly Pride, all day and every day,” said Borough President LEE. “The Borough of Families will continue the tradition of celebrating the history of Pride, power and passion of the LGBTQIA+ community.”
“Although we are not able to celebrate in Borough Hall together this year, we remember the history of pride and the trans women of color who took a stand against police brutality 51 years ago,” said Councilmember JIMMY VAN BRAMER. “Queer liberation has always been a fight for social justice and we continue that fight today here in Queens. Happy Pride!”
“Happy LGBTQ Pride to all,” said Councilmember DANIEL DROMM. “LGBTQ Pride Month has always been a time for party and protest, for love and resistance. In that tradition, I am pleased to join Queens Borough President Lee in celebrating the progress we have made in Queens while renewing my commitment to fighting injustice in the years ahead.”
Those interested in participating in the Virtual LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Celebration via Zoom must RSVP at www.queensbp.org/rsvp by Wednesday, June 17. A public livestream of the event will also be available at www.queensbp.org.
In addition to hosting the June 18 celebration, Borough President Lee has commissioned the installation of Pride flags, representing the LGBTQIA+ movement, in front of Queens Borough Hall, which will remain on display throughout the month of June. This follows last year’s first-ever installation of Pride flags outside Queens Borough Hall, led by then-Borough President Melinda Katz in conjunction with Queens Pride.
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WHAT: Annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Celebration
WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
WHERE: Live stream www.queensbp.org
Prospective attendees interested in participating via Zoom, RSVP
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