New York City is an exciting place to discover lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture any time of year, and as many already know, June marks LGBT Pride month. Here in NYC, all five boroughs celebrate this month with marches, festivals, and parties that bring LGBT history to the forefront of public attention.
This June, we hope to see even more spirit as we are approaching the 3-year anniversary of marriage equality in New York state, and with 18 other states also promoting equality, there's even more reason for locals to celebrate. So what better theme for this year's Pride than 'We have won when we're one.'
In honor of NYC Pride 2014, GLAAD is working with Instagram to launch their first-ever #PridePortraits Campaign. Staff members are posting portraits of themselves accompanied by their own stories of pride, love and family… but that's not all!
Do you want to show what makes you proud? By posting your own pride portrait and story to Instagram using the hashtag #PridePortraits, we can all share our unique experiences with family and love. It doesn't stop there—three lucky NYC-based Instagrammers have a chance to be selected for behind-the-scenes access to some Pride festivities, including exclusive access at the Dance on the Pier event with Demi Lovato! ENTER NOW.
“Instagram is a place for people to share beautiful and powerful moments, that is why we are thrilled to support GLAAD on some great projects for LGBT Pride this year,” said Instagram Community Manager Dan Toffey.
"Images of loving LGBT families are at the heart of support for equality," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "Social media is an especially powerful driving force for sharing stories, particularly those that change hearts and minds. As we mark the 45th anniversary of the historic Stonewall riots, GLAAD is thrilled to join Instagram in bringing #PridePortraits to millions of users across the globe as we unite to celebrate LGBT Pride."
"The 2014 NYC Pride theme of We Have Won When We’re One rings true with #PridePortraits, which reflects the unity of the LGBT community and its allies," said Tish Flynn, Media Director at NYC Pride. "Whether you are sharing these experiences with us in the heart of New York City or showing your pride on Instagram, together we are sending the message that love is louder than hate."
So, log onto Instagram now to post your #PridePortraits, and get excited for NYC Pride and the rest of LGBT Pride Month!