Introducing our twelfth 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 twelfth Pride Hero is Chris Frederick, Executive Director at NYC Pride/Heritage of Pride. Read the interview below!

What is your favorite thing about being involved with the NYC LGBTQ Community?

CHRIS: I've always loved the idea that we, at Pride, can create this really inspiring moment while fostering an important dialogue on where we stand in achieving equal rights. Pride remains one of the last spaces where our community can connect on a massive scale as one united force while providing an unparalleled platform to speak about the issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide.  

When you think about important figures and moments in LGBTQ history, who is someone that stands out for you as having really helped pave the way for the community?

CHRIS: I would say that Marsha P. Johnson is not only a legend, but also a true Pride Hero in every sense of the word. Our community would not be where it is today if it wasn't for her strong and powerful voice that brought needed visibility regarding the hatred LGBTQ+ individuals experienced in the 60s, 70s, and beyond. 

Given WorldPride is expected to have between 3-5 million attendees come to NYC – many of them international – what’s something unexpected or extra-special you would recommend to enhance their visitor experience?

CHRIS: Well, as a host for WorldPride you have to produce an Opening and Closing Ceremony. Our Opening Ceremony is taking place at the Barclays Center on June 26th and will feature Ciara, Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Kahn, Todrick Hall, and more. Our Closing Ceremony will take place in Times Square on Sunday, June 30th and is going to be a really special celebration - Melissa Etheridge, Margaret Cho, Jake Shears, MNEK, Deborah Cox, the cast of Tony Nominated The Prom, and more will perform. These two events are truly once-in-a-lifetime events that NYC Pride won't be recreating for the foreseeable future, so I’d suggest reserving a spot in these historic events. Those who are interested can learn more by visiting our website - worldpride.org - to gain access to these amazing events!

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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!

Lisa Chernin