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KICKING IT

Footwear for dapper genderqueer folk by NiK Kacy

NiK Kacy, born in Hong Kong, raised in New York, and currently residing in Los Angeles, is founder and chief of NiK Kacy Footwear. The urban, monochromatic style of New York City has influenced Kacy’s fashion aesthetic. “My style is inspired by the practicality and classic minimalism of being a New Yorker…lots of black and grays.” Kacy has been on quite a journey in the past few years. “I’ve evolved from being a butch lesbian to trans man to genderfluid/two-spirited human being,” says Kacy, whose footwear expresses a similar sense of fluidity. “My queerness is built on the core value and belief that all human beings should have the freedom to express themselves in their most authentic way without barriers or confines within the gender binary our society has forced upon us.” The tagline for NiK Kacy Footwear is “walk your way,” and it’s a motto embodied by the founder themselves. “Fashion is about style and style should not be limited by gender,” says Kacy. Their classic first collection, Fortune, is featured in this spread. (nikkacy.com)

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The first ever LGBTQ Pride March took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In that inaugural year, it’s estimated that more than 2,000 people participated in the march. Last year, according to organizers, around 30,000 people marched in the NYC Pride Parade, and around 2 million spectators joined the marchers—a jump of half a million from the previous year. Clearly, people are still concerned about the future rights of the LGBTQ community. For many of us, since last year’s U.S. presidential election, Pride has become protest. I’m not sure everyone likes that development. For many of us, Pride has always signified a season of joy and visibility, a time to literally feel proud of ourselves. But according to our recent CurveMag.com poll, this year’s Pride Parade will have more in common with the 1970 Pride March than any other. Since New York is the birthplace of the modern Pride movement, I chatted with Eboni Munn, Communications Manager at NYC Pride, and asked her how she saw the city’s upcoming Pride event. Would the current political context affect any of the plans, procedures, and protocols for NYC Pride in June 2017?     “We recently announced the four grand marshals set to lead this year’s critical LGBT Pride demonstration: The ACLU, Brooke Guinan [FDNY], Krishna Stone [GMHC], and Geng Le [Blued],” she said. “The rally will also go back to its roots. We’re organizing community activists, politicians, and more in response to the current political climate. With this year’s NYC Pride March and Rally, we’re speaking to the social and political tensions brought on by the new administration,” confirmed Munn. She also expects an exceptional response from participants and spectators. “We are experiencing an unprecedented moment in our history, and we’re expecting the LGBT community and our allies to make their voices heard in immense proportions.”
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