WABC-TV joins the large and diverse set of nonprofits, community organizations, corporate partners, small businesses, political candidates and activists who support the LGBT community and participate each year.
NYC Pride announced today that WABC-TV will broadcast the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March on Sunday, June 25th from Noon – 3pm.
“As a kid in rural Ohio, if I had the opportunity to turn on the TV and see a sea of rainbows I might not have felt so afraid.—Chris Frederick
LGBT youth from across the country and the world will now be able to see that they are not alone. This achievement is a perfect complement to this year’s NYC Pride theme, “We Are Proud,” which speaks to the LGBT community’s unwavering ability to rise and be proud, even in the face of the existing political environment.
“We unfortunately live in a time when there continues to be an effort to roll back the rights of LGBTQ individuals everywhere,” Chris Frederick, NYC Pride Managing Director told OutBuzz. “Now more than ever it’s important that we are visible. As a kid in rural Ohio, if I had the opportunity to turn on the TV and see a sea of rainbows I might not have felt so afraid. This is why we do what we do and we’re excited to be welcomed into your homes on June 25 on ABC7.”
“Channel 7 prides itself on being able to bring important, local celebrations of community spirit to as many people as possible,” said Dave Davis, President and General Manager of WABC-TV in a statement. “We look forward to making this year’s March the best ever.”
The Pride march can be seen on Channel 7 and also on their website at abc7ny.com. In addition to the march, WABC will also cover other essential NYC Pride events, such as PrideFest, the annual LGBT street festival, Pride Luminaries Brunch, the Rally, and Pride Island – a new three-day LGBT cultural experience.
Last year the NYC Pride march drew 350 marching contingents and more than 2 million spectators. The NYC Pride March started in 1970 as a civil rights demonstration on the 1-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.