Snapshot: NYC Celebrates Youth Pride & World Pride
Travel alongside our Milk.xyz contributors with Snapshot, our new photo diary series. This week, Ethan Halpern documents Youth Pride and World Pride in NYC for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Pride in New York is always an exciting experience. This year, however, was extra special as it was World Pride — and people from all across the world came to NYC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. While there were many events all throughout the month in the city, I covered Youth Pride, a unique event tailored for people under 21. This year’s Youth Pride was at the Central Park SummerStage and was hosted by drag queen Brita Filter with performances by the Broadway show “The Prom”, singer Ava Max, drag queen Ariel Versace, and the cast of “Pose” as well as other performers. This event was a great opportunity for youth to come together and celebrate themselves.
“It’s important for people to see representation of other people like them so that they can feel secure with themselves,” Attendees Maia and Sarah said. “It’s crucial to see this acceptance.”
Jennifer and Manuel also weighed in: “We have events like Youth Pride to celebrate unity and that we should be inclusive of everyone. Love has no boundaries!”
It is important for people to be informed about issues relating to the LGBTQ+ community, and it is equally important for people to see themselves represented either in their community or in the media. Pride does not just have to end on July 1, it can be year long. Youth Pride and World Pride are important reminders of why these types of events are important and needed. They are celebrations of love.
Stay tuned to Milk for more Pride coverage.