Full LGBTQI crew will be looking after passengers including Courtney Act, model and activist Munroe Bergdorf, Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt and Saara Aalto

Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic are taking Pride celebrations to new heights with the UK’s first Pride Flight celebrating WorldPride 2019 in New York City and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

Passengers will be treated to six hours of Pride extravagance including a performance from Broadway musical icon and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess, a troupe of drag queens leading games, interseat dating and a set from DJ Jodie Harsh who will keep revellers dancing all the way to the streets of Pride – oh, and our very own Publisher Linda Riley will be in the midst of it all…

Also on board is a star-studded line up of celebrities including entertainer Courtney Act, Grammy-winning singer songwriter MNEK, model and activist Munroe Bergdorf, television darling Scarlett Moffatt; and singer of the official London Pride song Saara Aalto.

To mark the occasion, Virgin will celebrate diversity within its business and beyond, with a a one-of-a-kind party at 38,000 feet, crewed entirely by LGBTQI Virgin Atlantic staff, onboard flight VS69, which takes its name from the year of the riots. 

Actor Tituss Burgess and Drag Queen DJ Jodie Harsh meet Virgin LGBT employees ahead of the Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays Pride Flight, at Heathrow Airport, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION.

Making a special journey for the momentus occasion is 80-year old Stonewall veteran, Tree Sequoia, who recalls the night of the Stonewall Uprising and how the world changed after the demonstrations. A true LGBTQI hero, Tree still works as a bartender at the Stonewall Inn in New York which stood at the site of the 1969 demonstrations.

DIVA Publisher, Riley, added:

“I’m delighted to be off to WorldPride with Virgin on this historic flight, surrounded by LGBT icons and allies. 50 years since Stonewall, so much has changed for the positive but there’s still so much left to do.”

Raffles and fundraising activities will take place on-board the flight with all proceeds donated to The Attitude Magazine Foundation to advance community Pride initiatives here in the UK.

The flight departs Friday 28 June 2019 from London Heathrow, flying direct to Newark Airport. Sounds like it’ll be a little bit of fun, doesn’t it?

For more visit virginholidays.co.uk/prideflight or virginatlantic.com/pride, #PrideFlight

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