The normally drab service posters found across the city’s subway stations got a burst of color this month. Instead of detailing changes to late-night train service, these rainbow-adorned signs remind commuters that no “bigotry, hatred or prejudice” is allowed at any time, as Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ love, kicks off. Originally created by School of Visual Arts faculty member Thomas Shim and alumni Ezequiel Consoli and Jack Welles (Kyle Harrison was added to the core team this year), the posters will remain fastened to the station walls throughout the month of June.
Good morning NYC! It’s going to be another pride-filled day! . . . #PrideTrain #pridemonth2018 #lgbtq #queer #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #gayrights #transrights #equality #love #pride #NYCPride #NYC #MTA #instagay #lovewins #loveislove #newyorkcity #rainbow #color #equality #missvanjie #streetart #instagay #rupaulsdragrace #designforall
The PrideTrain campaign began last year in response to increased crimes against members of the LGBTQ community. Plus, President Donald Trump has refused to officially recognize June as Pride Month two years in a row, unlike his predecessors.
“We did this project simply to make a difference and contribute in a small way to create a better place for everyone. And Pride Train is not only about the LGBTQ community,” the team behind PrideTrain told 6sqft in an email.
“This is about everyone who has ever felt like they were not included or has experienced hate. We’re trying to scream louder than the hate in this country and to let YOU know that you’re loved, and are not alone, and that we’ll have your back whenever you may need it.”
The posters, intended to mirror the MTA service announcements, provide messages of love and inclusion, demanding subway station remain safe spaces. And of course, important reminders like “love is love” and “tip your drag queen.”
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All images via @PrideTrain