28
Jun
10

GAY PRIDE PARADE IN NEW YORK CITY.


Yesterday thousands of New Yorker’s flocked to the West Village in Manhattan to celebrate the fortieth annual gay pride parade. The parade commemorates the historic Stonewall riots back on June 28, 1969. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours on that day in nine-teen sixty-nine. Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960s, http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/home/home.shtml but officers quickly lost control of the situation at the Stonewall Inn, http://www.thestonewallinnnyc.com/Home_Page.php and attracted a crowd that was incited to riot.

After the Stonewall riots, gays and lesbians in New York City faced gender, class, and generational obstacles to becoming a cohesive community. If I recall my gay history correctly the rioting lasted about six days and was the start of the gay rights movement in New York City.

The gay pride parade in New York City has grown over the years from being an event that was tolerated by those that did not accept homosexuality. To what is now an open major event that is welcomed by everyone each year.

The theme for this year’s gay pride was “Liberty and Justice for all.” I have been too many gay pride parades over the years and have actually marched in one ten years ago. It’s a totally different experience when you march in it and not just stand on a street corner to observe it if you ask me. But I will say this, being in the parade or just watching it are both enjoyable.

It’s never the same every year, each parade for I feel it tries to outperform the one from the previous year. Below are photographs that I have taken of this year’s parade. Granted not everyone in the photos is gay. However it does show if anything the diversity, support and growth from what has started so many years ago. From a riot many years back is now a celebration of a life style and a show of support for equal rights for everyone regardless of race, gender or color. It is an event where everyone is considered equal.

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