Impulse NYC will launch its new campaign for 2019, Take Flight, at WorldPride with weekend events including its Pride Kickoff party aboard The Intrepid hosted by Scandal's Guillermo Diaz and featuring a performance by RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Honey Davenport. “We have a lot to celebrate this year,” says Impulse NYC President Rasheed Gonga. “In addition to 2019 being the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, it is the ten-year anniversary of Impulse Group and the fifth anniversary of Impulse NYC. Our team wanted to go above and beyond this year by creating experiential events that truly embody our message to Take Flight sexually, Take Flight mentally, and Take Flight physically.” Impulse NYC’s Pride Kickoff takes place Thursday, June 27 from 7p – 10p aboard The Intrepid. Impulse NYC will also host its Table for 7 Pride Edition: The Layover luncheon on Saturday, June 29 from 1p-4p at a private townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Tickets for both events are available now at www.takeflight.nyc.
“Impulse NYC works to equip our community with tools for well-being so that they may live a healthier and safer lifestyle,” continues Gonga. “We save more lives by knowing our status, accepting it and sharing it with friends and lovers.”
This year’s Take Flight campaign focuses on sexual health, sexual violence, mental health and drug abuse with a message aimed at encouraging the community to spread its wings, enjoy their individual life journey and discover their best versions of themselves. It follows last year’s SOS (Save our Sex) theme with its advocacy driven message around healthier sex that also voiced support to transgender military men and women.
The Pride Kickoff party aboard The Intrepid will feature several activations that will lead guests on an inspiring path towards becoming a healthier gay male. President Rasheed Gonga will then open the presentation, followed by remarks from Celebrity ambassador Guillermo Diaz and a performance by Honey Davenport.
Saturday’s Table for 7 Pride Edition: The Layover luncheon will be a more intimate affair, allowing guests an opportunity to reflect on where the LGBTQ community has been, where it aims to go and the best route in getting there. The event encourages real conversation and networking.
The weekend will wrap with Impulse NYC’s participation in the World Pride March. “This will be our fifth year participating in the march,” says Impulse NYC Director of Events Dwight Allen O'Neal. “But this is the first year we are shifting our focus on the individual because living in an era of easy connectivity comes with a great responsibility. We each have a responsibility to every person we connect with and this responsibility begins with knowing our status.”
Impulse NYC’s Pride Kickoff takes place Thursday, June 27 from 7p–10p aboard The Intrepid. Impulse NYC will also host its Table for 7 Pride Edition: The Layover luncheon on Saturday, June 29 from 1p-4p at a private townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Tickets for both events are available now at www.takeflight.nyc