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People participate in the annual New York LGBT Pride March in New York, New York, USA, 25 June 2017. EPA/ALBA VIGARAY
People participate in the annual New York LGBT Pride March in New York, New York, USA, 25 June 2017. EPA/ALBA VIGARAY

New York celebrates annual Gay Pride Parade

Participants in this year's march were families with children, old and young couples, groups of friends or individuals, who whether or not they belonged to the…

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With rainbow banners, activist posters, and fancy costumes, tens of thousands of people marched on Sunday in the gay pride parade in New York City, a city that has raised awareness for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for now 48 years.

Grand marshals for the NYC Pride 2017 include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its New York office (NYCLU); Brooke Guinan, the first transgender women in the NYC fire department; Krishna Stone, an HIV / AIDS activist; and Geng Le, a gay rights activist from China.

"It's shifting focus to what Pride Parade in New York should be," Brandon Holmes, an event organizer from NYCLU, told EFE.

According to Holmes, to organize such an event is to recognize the field work of those countless unnamed people who supported not only changes in policy but also in culture, and in how people see the problems of the LGBT community.

Some road crossings around  Greenwich Village, the flagship neighborhood of the LGBT community, were painted in colors so that the march participants would cross the rainbow if they wanted to approach the Stonewall Inn, a bar  where the story of the LGBT March in New York began.

In 1969, hundreds of people, shouting "gay power", protested against police raids aimed at homosexuals in this bar, which was later declared a historic monument. The uprising lasted six days, opening the door to the movement for LGBT rights in the community.

On the first anniversary of the Stonewall incident, a civil rights demonstration was held in the same neighborhood, an event which later became the current NYC Gay Pride, now considered one of the largest LGBT events in the world.

Participants in this year's march were families with children, old and young couples, groups of friends or individuals, who whether or not they belonged to the LGBT community, declared themselves openly proud to support the equality of rights.

"'I love Pride, everyone shows love and it's wonderful", said Kima, a girl who boasted of spending nine years with her girlfriend, Rayshan, and having attended the event from the beginning of their relationship.

 Another young woman, Tay, said the best thing about the event is the feeling of freedom, adding that on this day everyone can be free, happy and enjoy love.
       

 

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