NYC Pride announced 2018’s official theme, “Defiantly Different,” as part of this year’s brand elements. “Defiantly Different” speaks to the breadth of the LGBTQ community as a unified people and our tenacious individuality.
“This year’s theme is about showing our power, squaring our shoulders in the face of adversity, and continuing to sculpt that magnetic bond within the LGBTQ+ community and our allies,” said David Studinski, NYC Pride Co-Chair. “The corresponding creative showcases a wide selection of defiantly different community members — from performance artists to mental health advocates. We are standing defiantly — defiantly different and defiantly as one.”
Photographed by portrait photographer, Danielle Levitt, “Defiantly Different” features members of the LGBTQ community, including 10-year-old drag kid Desmond Napoles (aka. “Desmond is Amazing”), curator Kiyanna Stewart, transgender model Pêche Di and 94-year-old community activist, Frances Goldin, famously-known for her “I Love My Lesbian Daughters” sign at the annual NYC Pride March.
In a statement, NYC Pride wrote: “‘Defiantly Different’ celebrates the rallying cry of generations who laid the groundwork for equality, the next wave of creative thinkers prepared to score their own trails, and each distinctive individual in between. The theme also takes an unflinching stance in response to the Trump administration’s substandard position on the LGBTQ community.”
NYC Pride 2018 will take place from June 14 to June 24. This year’s roster will include the NYC Pride March, PrideFest, Pride Island along with a robust list of new events such as the Human Rights Conference, GameChangers and a new culinary event, Savor Pride.
Each year, NYC Pride gives back to the local community through volunteering and awarding grants to local LGBTQ-serving organizations.