Check Out the MorningPride Streetlight Banners in Morningside Heights

A MorningPride Banner at the intersection of Broadway and LaSalle. Photo by Kelly Moffitt-Hawasly.

LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated across the country each year during June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, and nowhere is it more vibrant a celebration than in New York City itself. There are events all month to mark the celebration, including Harlem Pride (June 29) and the NYC Pride March (June 30).

During this month, Columbia Neighbors encourages you to look up while walking around Morningside Heights to see the “MorningPride” streetlight banners hanging on Broadway and around the neighborhood, leading passersby to a landing page filled with stories about LGBTQ+ individuals and institutions who have and are making a difference.

collective of institutions known as Morningside Area Alliance (MAA), which promotes the wealth of arts, spiritual, and academic programs that are a hallmark of life in Morningside Heights, is behind the banners. Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College are all members of the alliance.

“In 2023, MAA institutions came together to help mark this neighborhood with MorningPride banners,” said Jenn Beisser, executive director of MAA. “The banners help celebrate all LGBTQIA+ members and put a spotlight on the research, teaching, cultural programming, and activism of community members and allies. As a neighborhood that also serves as a global stage, streetlight banners can educate and elucidate shared community values.”

“The streetscape of Morningside Heights is an expression of the neighborhood’s vitality that is unlike any other in the city or perhaps the world,” Beisser continued. “With landmarks at every corner, music drifting from apartment windows, the bustle of busy neighbors of every age, and park bench exchanges among an incredible diversity of people from across the world, Morningside Heights has a strong sense of place. Streetlight banners also mark a place and as part of the public realm, can help strengthen the feelings of belonging and connection to the neighborhood. For MAA, streetlight banners remind us not just about where we are, but how we live in Morningside Heights.”

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