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Virgin Atlantic Launches The World’s First Pride Flight

Virgin Atlantic has launched the world's first Pride Flight to celebrate World Pride 2019 in New York next June.

Image courtesy of Virgin Holidays

Virgin Atlantic has announced the world’s first Pride Flight, which will travel from London to New York next year to celebrate World Pride 2019.

Taking place in New York for the first time in it's 20 year history, World Pride 2019 events will run from June 1 -30, with more than 50 parties, lectures and cultural activities, followed by the famous New York Pride March.

World Pride 2019 is being held in conjunction with Stonewall 50, which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising of June 28, 1969, which occurred in New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood and is considered the beginning of the fight for LGBT+ rights in the United States.

Staffed entirely by LGBT+ pilots and cabin crew, Virgin’s Pride Flight will celebrate queer culture with special on-board activities and entertainment hosted by Tituss Burgess, Broadway musical actor and star of the hit Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

“At a time when we’re seeing the rights of minority groups under threat, it is more important than ever we stand up and make our voices heard,” Burgess said.

“The LGBT community has made enormous strides over the last 50 years, and I’m so proud to partner with Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic to mark this occasion in style and celebrate the hard-won freedoms from those who came before us.”

Tituss Burgess, who is openly gay, has found fame playing the gay character of aspiring performer Titus Andromedon on Netflix show Unbreakable Jimmy Schmidt

Image courtesy of Virgin Holidays

The flight will depart from London Heathrow on Friday June 28th, 2019, flying directly to New York City’s Newark Airport with a flexible return date on offer. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Attitude Magazine Foundation to advance community Pride initiatives in the UK.

Mark Anderson, Global LGBT Lead for Virgin Group and Executive Vice President at Virgin Atlantic said “We’re not the type of company to mark an occasion like this half-heartedly and we're going to be pulling out all the stops to ensure the Pride Flight is delivered with a large serving of Virgin flair.”

“We take our commitments to diversity and inclusion seriously, but you can rest assured we have a lot of fun along the way. This is going to be a show-stopping, ground-breaking, one-of-a-kind experience that we can’t wait to bring to the skies next June.”

Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays are working with NYC & Company and the Alliance for Downtown New York to plan the flight. Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company says World Pride celebrations are expected to bring more than 3 million visitors to New York and be one of the largest LGBTQ events in history.

Economy Light Pride Flight-only tickets cost from £380, with full three-night packages available from £699.

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