Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the initiative in a statement
"New York is the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement, and this year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in New York City," Cuomo said.
"Lighting these landmarks is just one way we can come together this month and celebrate the progress we've made and send a clear message to the federal government and the world that LGBTQ people are welcomed in this state, and we will never stop fighting for equality."
The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge adorned the colors of the transgender flag Friday night, but the rest of the landmarks will light up starting Saturday night including:
- One World Trade Center
- Pershing Square Viaduct
- Kosciuszko Bridge
- Mid-Hudson Bridge
- Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center
- SUNY Central Administration Building
- State Education Building
- Alfred E. Smith Building
- Niagara Falls
- State Fair Main Gate
- Exposition Center
In addition, organizers have moved Pride events online with virtual parades and livestream concerts to celebrate in light of the coronavirus.
Some of the livestream concerts NYC Pride is sponsoring include Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, and Billy Porter.
"We have and continue to lead the way on equality," Cuomo said.