If you can’t make it to Manhattan for the 2017 LGBT Pride March, fear not: you’ll be able to enjoy it from the comfort of your own living room.
WABC-TV has announced plans to partner with NYC Pride and broadcast the 48th annual event live for the first time on New York’s Channel 7 June 25. The march, which takes place on New York’s Fifth Avenue, will also be streamed on WABC-TV’s official website.
NYC Pride Managing Director Chris Frederick called the forthcoming broadcast “an unprecedented opportunity” for the LGBTQ community’s “collective voices to be heard.” Other Pride-related events, including the PrideFest street festival and the Pride Luminaries Brunch, will also receive WABC-TV coverage.
“In a time when there continues to be an effort to roll back the rights of LGBTQ individuals, it’s important that we are visible,” he told HuffPost. “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. We look forward to everyone tuning into the broadcast and we thank ABC for giving us the opportunity to show the events that helped spark the Pride movement.”
WABC-TV’s President and General Manager Dave Davis echoed those sentiments in a press release, noting that Channel 7 “prides itself on being able to bring important, local celebrations of community spirit to as many people as possible.”
We couldn’t be more thrilled with this move.
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