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NYC Pride: New York City’s 53rd Annual Pride March Celebrates LGBTQ+ Community

New York (WABC) — The 53rd annual Pride March kicked off Sunday, bringing a joyous celebration of the LGBTQ+ community to New York City.

Thousands marched from Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to Greenwich Village, waving rainbow flags and cheering to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. In the uprising, a police raid on a gay bar sparked days of protests and launched a movement for LGBTQ+ rights.

While some thundered it as a celebration, many were mindful of the growing conservative opposition to restrict rights, such as banning gender-affirming care for transgender children. rice field.

“I’m not trying to be politicized, but I would be very upset if my community was targeted,” said Ve Cinder, a 22-year-old transgender woman traveling from Pennsylvania. It hurts a lot,” he said. Participate in the largest pride event in the country.

“I’m just scared for my future and my transgender brothers. I’m scared for how this country views human rights and basic human rights,” she said. “It’s crazy.”

Parades in New York, Chicago and San Francisco is one of nearly 400 Pride groups across the country to host this year’s events, many of which focus specifically on the rights of transgender people.

Entertainers, activists, drag performers and transgender advocates carry a message of unity as grand marshals of parades as new laws targeting the LGBTQ+ community take effect in several US states.

Ron DeHart, co-chairman of the Pride Association of America, said, “The platform will go from strength to strength, and communities across the country will show unity and solidarity through events like this.”

The annual observatory has expanded to other cities and has grown to welcome bisexual, transgender, queer people and other groups.

One of the grand marshals of the New York City parade is nonbinary activist A.C.

“Uplifting the trans community has always been at the core of our events and programs,” said NYC Pride spokesperson Dan Dimant.

Many of this year’s parades called on the LGBTQ+ community to unite to oppose the dozens, if not hundreds, of bills currently pending in state capitols across the country.

Legislators in 20 states are moving to ban the raising of gender-affirming children, and at least seven more states are considering similar measures, increasing the urgency of the transgender community, it says. they say.

Pride event organizers in New York, San Francisco and San Diego, along with about 50 other Pride organizations across the country, issued a statement saying, “We are under threat.” “The diverse dangers we face as LGBTQ communities and pride organizers differ in nature and intensity, but they share a common denominator. It seeks to undermine our identities, our freedoms, our security and our livelihoods.”

Some parades, including the one in New York, planned to step up security amid the chaos.

The Anti-Defamation League and LGBTQ+ national organization GLAAD found 101 anti-LGBTQ+ cases in the first three weeks of this month, about twice as many as in June last year.

On Friday night, a celebration was held in Greenwich Village to strengthen the denial of the LGBTQ+ community, which will not allow hate to win.

Mayor Eric Adams said in a message earlier this week that these people’s hateful behavior will not overtake the city’s support for the LGBTQ+ community.

“We love our community. We want you to come here. We want you to do business here. We want the nightlife here. I want you to be part of the energy of a great city, and I’m really proud of this administration,” and will continue to do so,” said Mayor Adams.

The crew was busy Saturday morning, making final adjustments, including painting the iconic crosswalk along Sheridan Square a rainbow.

We are the home of the New York Pride March on Sunday, June 25th. Catch the broadcast from 12pm to 3pm wherever Channel 7 and ABC7NY are streamed.

Please read also Happy pride! Watch the 2023 New York City Pride March on ABC7NY

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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