Introducing our fifth Hero of Pride!
In celebration of the NYC arrival of WorldPride 2019, The Mixx is honoring 12 individuals who are making a difference in the lives of the LGBTQ community. Our fifth Pride Hero is Keith Douglas, Managing Director for One World Observatory and Broadway enthusiast. Read the interview below!
What are you proud of?
KEITH: New York is the epicenter of inclusivity in America and I am proud to call this city my home every day. There are so many ways for us to give back and participate in not just local, but also national and international efforts towards equality.
Over the last few months, through Pride Live Nation, I have had the great honor of working with the Stonewall Inn and its 501(c)(3) – Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI). The mission of SIGBI is to serve and elevate awareness for the most underserved and marginalized of the LGBTQ community. It is dedicated to the advancement of the lessons, accomplishments, and the spirit of pride born on that night in 1969. In that spirit, this past June, Pride Live Nation launched the Stonewall Inn Ambassadors campaign, a group of activists, community and business leaders, who will elevate awareness and support for SIGBI and establish the foundation to carry on the legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion for the next 50 years and beyond.
Who is your "Hero of Pride" and why?
KEITH: To me, heroes are the ones who show the most courage. As a New Yorker, my heart and admiration is most strong for the late Edie Windsor. Without her, we simply wouldn’t have marriage equality in the U.S.
But I also think about the Stonewall rioters – they are the ones to first stand up and say “enough is enough” – who paved the way for the community. We are coming up on the 50-year anniversary of those riots next year. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if they didn’t display that courage.
Where do you go for entertainment in NYC?
KEITH: I am a bit partial, but I would certainly encourage people to visit an Observatory during their stay! It is such a unique perspective on the city that you cannot experience any other way! And One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, after all.
As someone in the tourism industry, I try and do one touristy thing a month! It could be any one of the amazing museums, a boat cruise or seeing a live performance or Broadway Show. That’s part of the magic of New York City, there are so many options to explore. My favorite evening out is dinner at Marseille Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen and a Broadway show, followed by a sweet treat at Schmackary’s Coffee House. It doesn’t get more New York than that!
As a partner to the LGBTQ Community, The Mixx is thrilled to be able to put the spotlight on some of our personal heroes all year long. Stay tuned for the next installment, and reach out for more on how YOU can get involved with WorldPride 2019!