In celebration of World Pride 2019, Virgin will be launching a special flight from London to New York, to be flown by cabin crew and pilots from the LGBT community! This is set to happen on June 28, 2019! More than just being flown by a full LGBT flight crew, passengers will be entertained with games, a drag queen, Judy Garland singalong, and an inflight DJ!
The flight is being billed as “a true celebration of queer culture 38,000ft above the Atlantic”. The flight will take 8 hours.
The event is commemorating the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall Riots, a series of violent demonstrations by members of the gay community following a police raid on gay club the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City, in 1969. The riots served a as catalyst for the gay rights movement, both in the US and around the world.
Tituss Burgess said: “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.”
Partnering with NYC & Company and the Alliance for Downtown New York, Virgin is donating an undisclosed portion of ticket sales from the flight to The Attitude Magazine Foundation to advance community Pride initiatives in the UK. More money will be raised onboard through fundraising and raffles – Virgin has committed to raising several thousand pounds through the flight.
“We take our commitments to diversity and inclusion seriously, but you can rest assured we have a lot of fun along the way,” said Mark Anderson, global LGBT lead for Virgin Group and executive vice president at Virgin Atlantic. “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.”
Original article first posted at: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/virgin-atlantic-pride-flight-lgbt-pilots-cabin-crew-tituss-burgess-a8578666.html