February 22, 2018 at 3:30 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
New York Pride announces 2018 theme ‘Defiantly Different’

Desmond Napoles ‘Desmond is Amazing’ (Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

New York Pride has announced that its 2018 theme will be “Defiantly Different.”

As part of the campaign, the organization has released a video starring 10-year-old drag performer Desmond Napoles, known as Desmond is Amazing.

“I identify as an androgynous drag kid. I am different because I am very young and doing drag at a very young age,” Desmond says in the video. “It makes me feel amazing. It gives me courage and also gives other people courage to do what they want.”

Other notable members of the LGBT community will be included in the campaign and photographed by portrait photographer Danielle Levitt. They include curator Kiyanna Stewart, transgender model Pêche Di and Frances Goldin, the 94-year-old activist known for her “I Love My Lesbian Daughters” T-shirt that she brings to New York Pride every year.

“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,” David Studinski, NYC Pride Co-Chair, said in a statement. “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.”

New York Pride takes place on June 14-24. For a complete list of events visit here. 

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