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#FeelThePride

Your #FeelThePride tweets helped power an immersive experience and a dynamic conversation during WorldPride.

2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising and it’s the first year that WorldPride is taking place in New York City. To recognize the moment, The Ally Coalition (TAC) is inviting the global LGBTQI+ community and allies to power an immersive, light and sound experience that amplifies their voices.

As a culmination of the experience, on Friday, June 28 (7pm EST), your voice was part of a dynamic conversation hosted by POSE FX’s Angelica Ross and featuring panelists who reacted in real time to #FeelThePride tweets.

Where to Now? explored the intersection of art, activism, and technology, as panelists discussed the ways in which tech and creativity light up their activism.

Angelica Ross, actor, writer, producer & human rights advocate

From the board room to film/TV sets, and even the Obama White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for transgender and racial equality—and a current star in Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series, 'Pose.' Angelica is also the President of Miss Ross, Inc. and founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization that helps marginalized trans and LGBTQI+ communities lift themselves out of poverty through technical training and digital work.

D. Smith, Grammy-nominated producer/writer and VH1 reality TV star

Grammy-nominated producer turned artist D. Smith has worked with some of the best, including Andre 3000, Ciara, Monica, Fantasia, Estelle, and Katy Perry, in addition to collaborations with super producers Polow da Don, Timbaland, Mark Ronson, and Ron Fair. Now with a few years of cultivating her own sound through her production company Champ Camp Music, she is currently in the studio with Billy Porter. She also recently signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Elite Model Management.

Kat Cunning, actor & musician

Kat Cunning crafts alternative pop songs, drawing from her study of dance as well as her time on stage. This summer she can be seen in Netflix’s 'Trinkets.' Kat made her television debut in 2018 in season 2 of HBO's 'The Deuce,' starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, playing Franco’s love interest, Christina Fuego. A rising voice on the NYC art scene, Cunning has performed on Broadway in 'Dangerous Liaisons,' Cirque Du Soleil's 'Paramour,' and NYC's 'Sleep No More.'

Zeke Thomas, DJ, producer, sexual assault awareness advocate & TV host

Zeke Thomas is a world-renowned open format DJ and producer, sexual assault awareness advocate, and TV Host—most recently seen co-hosting MTV's hit show 'Catfish.' In efforts to spread awareness of sexual assault and resources, Zeke Thomas became the first male spokesman for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and appeared in their national PSA as a survivor and leader. Zeke's mission is to break stigmas surrounding sexual assault trauma and keep conversations going.

Madame Gandhi, DJ, drummer & activist

Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name Madame Gandhi, is an electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and Kehlani, and as the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes music that elevates and celebrates the female voice.
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Where to Now? panelists: Angelica Ross, Kat Cunning, D. Smith, Madame Gandhi, and Zeke Smith.

The Feel the Pride installation—as well as panelists—reacts to guest-submitted messages about what Pride means to them.

Moderator Angelica Ross fields questions from the audience.

An audience member explores Feel the Pride during the panel discussion.

Immersed in Pride
The Feel the Pride experience reinterprets the voices of the global LGBTQI+ community and allies in a stunning audiovisual display that immerses guests in colors and sounds that represent their feelings of hope, determination, anger, joy, and more. TAC worked with AI from Microsoft and music from musician St. Vincent to bring their vision to life. Once harnessed by the voices of a global community, these tools become incredible modes of personal expression. 
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