Celebration and Protest: Thousands Attend NYC’s Gay Pride March


New Yorkers frequently refer to New York City’s annual Gay Pride March as the “pride parade.” That duality between protest and celebration is perhaps a perfect description of the event. Sunday’s march saw thousands wear rainbow colors and wave rainbow flags in celebration of LGBTQ identity and to advocate LGBTQ rights.

Tennis legend Billy Jean King and transgender advocate Lambda Legal acted as grand marshals. Attendants marched to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way wearing the usual anti-uniform of thongs, fairy wings, and rainbow everything. 

Along with celebration, marchers carried signs that protest the current administration’s conservative bend, including anti-LGBTQ policies like barring transgendered people from serving in the military, as well as President Trump’s second year of not acknowledging Pride Month. Others took the platform to advocate gun reform, siting the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting. The event commemorates a police raid at New York gay bar Stonewall Inn in June 1969.