City Life Org – NYC Pride Unveils 2022 Theme: “Us Shameless”
At an event last night, NYC Pride announced the official theme for 2022, “We Shameless”, as a kickoff to this year’s events and programming. As the world begins to emerge from a pandemic that has completely reset society and forced everyone to reconsider and redefine their life priorities, NYC Pride recognizes this struggle and the resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community. Many focused on exploring themselves, stepping out into the world with vibrant, loving hearts and souls open to the public – no matter how scary, uncertain or vulnerable it might have been. Others continue their journey to find a true sense of self and inner peace. The whole community should celebrate each person’s story and provide support so that everyone can feel happy, healthy, and safe being Us Unapologetically.
“Our community has gone through tremendous hardship over the past few years, starting with the pandemic, and continuing with social justice, threats to our democracy and, most recently, armed conflict overseas,” said the executive director of NYC Pride. Sandra Perez. Perez, who was named executive director of NYC Pride in November 2021, added: “These struggles are compounded by the onslaught of legislation across the country that directly targets LGBTQIA+ people. Despite these challenges and attacks, we are here to tell the country and the world: we will not be erased. We will stand united to confront these attacks on our LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters across the country and around the world. We will continue to love and live our truth and be fully ourselves – and we are not going to apologize for that.
NYC Pride also unveiled its 2022 visual campaign at last night’s event. Captured by photographer mike ruizthis year’s campaign features a host of queer, trans and BIPOC members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community, including Julien Gavino, Sicily Sierra, B. Hawk snipesand Kirill Kabachenko. This year’s campaign is backed by Official Makeup Sponsor YSL Beauty.
The slate of NYC Pride 2022 events will take place during Pride Month in June. Among this year’s major events are the first all-in-person event New York Pride March in three years on June 26. Groups and organizations are invited to register to participate in this year’s event here. Pride Island will make its long-awaited return in person in a three-day format from June 24-26. PrideFest will take place on Sunday, June 26 in Greenwich Village. Exhibitors are invited to register for this year’s PrideFest here. The Rally will be back in person on Friday, June 24. Celebrate with pride at Fantastic days and Teaze Saturday, June 25 and happy days Sunday, June 26. NYC Pride is back to fully engage youth and families in person with Pride of young people and Family movie night. Completing the schedule is The conferencefilm festival Pride Giftsand culinary event Brunch.
“The past few years have been incredibly difficult for New York. Reviving the local economy is vitally important, and tourism has long been the lifeblood of the town,” said Sue Doster, co-chair of NYC Pride. “NYC Pride has always been an important economic catalyst for the city, drawing people from across the country to celebrate. We are thrilled to finally be able to invite everyone back.
NYC Pride is accepting applications for the pride gives back grant, which is intended to financially assist nonprofits and community organizations in the New York metropolitan area looking to create programs/events during the 2022-2023 Pride season. The majority of NYC Pride-led contributions will focus on programs and organizations that support LGBTQIA+ causes, and this year NYC Pride is specifically looking to promote or enhance existing programs, innovate services for LGBTQIA+ populations, or make available resources that otherwise may not be accessible to vulnerable populations. For 2022, NYC Pride is seeking to fund programs that specifically help the following segments of the community: transgender rights, social justice movements and reform, health and wellness, youth development, elder care, education, media and performing arts, organizational sustainability and development, LGBTQIA+ visibility, public policy and advocacy.
To submit a request for Pride Gives Back, complete this form.
NYC Pride needs thousands of volunteers for this year’s events! Complete the volunteer interest form here.
For more information on NYC Pride 2022, visit: www.nycpride.org.
Full campaign credits:
Models: Izzy Miz, Julien Gavino, Sicily Sierra, Alithea Castillo, Ezra Michel, B. Hawk snipes, Yvonne MacInnis, Lijha Stewart, Kirill Kabachenko, Bambi, Clara Lu, Amara Velazquez, The dragon sisters, Thaddee Coates, Odalina Duran and Keneta McKellar, Donnie Willis, Julien Woodhouse
Photographer: mike ruiz
Key makeup: J. Brandon Correa
Key mode: Altorrin
Key Hair: Dhairius Thomas
Key Nail Artist: Stephanie Hernandez
Graphic design: Blonde & Co.
Official Makeup Sponsor: YSL Beauty
ABOUT HERITAGE OF PRIDE Heritage of Pride, Inc. is the volunteer-run organization behind the official list of NYC Pride events. Heritage of Pride’s mission is to work toward a future free of discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. To do this, we organize LGBTQIA+ Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community.