Governor Kathy Hochul issued a proclamation on Wednesday designating June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

In the proclamation, Governor Hochul stated that New York State will be unveiling the newly renovated Marsha P. Johnson State Park, named after a transgender woman of color who was a pioneer of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement and a prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising. 

Marsha P. Johnson was one of the first activists to call for the prioritized development of medical treatment for those individuals with HIV/AIDS.

You can read Governor Hochul’s full proclamation here.

While this park is located in Brooklyn, there are landmarks here in Western New York that will be celebrating Pride Month this June, including one of the seven wonders of the world – Niagara Falls. 

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board illuminated both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls in a rainbow on June 1 from 10:00 to 10:15 pm in celebration of LGBTQ2S+ Pride.

Some other state landmarks that will celebrate later this month include:

  • Albany International Airport Gateway  
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building   
  • Empire State Plaza  
  • The "Franklin D. Roosevelt" Mid-Hudson Bridge   
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge   
  • Grand Central Terminal - Pershing Square Viaduct   
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building   
  • Kosciuszko Bridge   
  • Niagara Falls   
  • One World Trade Center   
  • State Education Building    
  • State Fairgrounds - Main Gate & Expo Center   

The landmarks above will be lit during the week of June 23-30 in recognition of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. 

There will be a pride parade in Buffalo on Sunday, June 5th. The step-off is at 11 a.m., starting at the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Forest Avenue and ending at the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Allen Street. 

You can find out more about the pride parade here

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