Homosexuals will have to find something else to feel proud about this year, as the COVID-19 outbreak becomes the Grinch who Stole the New York City LGBTQ Pride Parade.
Hopes that the outlandishly costumed, flesh-baring celebration of non-heterosexuality would step off despite the coronavirus outbreak were crushed this week when organizers announced that the event is officially canceled, Huffpost reports.
Heritage of Pride, which hosts the parade and related festivities, said on April 20 that this year’s slate of in-person LGBTQ Pride events ― originally set for June 14-28 ― would be held as planned.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the tragic news at a press conference, listing the LGBTQ Pride Parade alongside the Puerto Rican Day Parade and the Salute to Israel Parade as among the large-scale gatherings scrapped for June.
“This probably will not surprise you,” he said. “It’s not a happy announcement, but it’s one we have to make.”
The cancellation was widely lamented on social media.
New York joins a growing list of U.S. cities ― including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington ― that have canceled or postponed in-person homosexual festivities for the year.
For advocates, the New York cancellation was particularly stinging, given that the city is the home to the Stonewall Inn, site of the 1969 uprising cited as the symbolic start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement.
As of April 20, 136,806 confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported across New York’s five boroughs, making it the hardest hit U.S. city.