Every year since 1990, the top of this famed Art Deco skyscraper #EmpireStateBuilding
has been illuminated in June in celebration of LGBT Pride. ⠀
lobbied for six years to have the building lit, and was finally successful in 1990. Without giving a reason for the delay, the building’s manager Helmsley-Spear released a statement, part of which was mentioned in a 1990 Associated Press article, "We are in total agreement with … leaders who seek to end the bigotry and discrimination directed against gay and lesbian New Yorkers … We hope our participating will help end the type of ignorance that breeds this mindless prejudice.” The top thirty floors of the Empire State Building were illuminated in lavender, a traditional color of Gay Pride. Today, the building is lit in rainbow colors in partnership with Heritage of Pride (commonly known as @NYCPride
Since 2008, the tower has been lit red on December 1 in recognition of World AIDS Day. The annual lighting is part of a larger campaign to recognize the ongoing, worldwide effort to fight against HIV/AIDS, to show support for those living with HIV/AIDS, and to remember those who have passed away.⠀
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Photos: (1) The Empire State Building lit lavender for Gay Pride, June 22, 1990, via GLADD; (2) Laverne Cox at the ceremony to light the Empire State Building purple for Spirit Day, October 16, 2014, via GLAAD; (3) The Empire State Building lit purple for Spirit Day, October 19, 2014, via GLAAD; (4) Empire State Building website, c. 2014; (5) Whoopi Goldberg and George Takei with NYC Council Members Daniel Dromm, Corey Johnson, then-Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Rosie Mendez (all but Mark-Viverito are part of the Council's LGBT Caucus) on World AIDS Day, 2015, photo courtesy of the Office of Jimmy Van Bramer.