Gay Street Installation

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Gay Street Given Several New Names For Pride Month

June 17, 2019 - 1:02 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — In celebration of Pride Month, Gay Street in Manhattan’s West Village received several new names on Monday.

The Commission on Human Rights teamed up with Mastercard to unveil the new “Acceptance Street” installation, celebrating the diversity of identities and expressions within the LGBTQ community.

“We've taken great pride in having Gay Street in New York City, but now we're taking great pride in having the diversity of the communities we have in our communities throughout New York City and we are identifying them and we are saying them by name,” said Carmelyn Malalis, the chair of the Commission on Human Rights.

The installation includes 10 new street signs at the intersection reading Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Nonbinary, Pansexual, Two Spirit and “+” street. There’s also a street sign with the tag “#AcceptanceMatters.”

The street signs are also the color of the rainbow, letting New Yorkers and the millions of visitors during Pride Month know they are accepted and respected.

The installation will commemorate WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.