New York City Pride March Brings Resistance, Revelry, To The Streets

Gavin Grimm, Chelsea Manning and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio all marched in this year's procession.

Yesterday, more than a million people took the streets of Manhattan for the 48th annual New York City Pride March.

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While there was no shortage of celebration, this year’s event also took on an overtly political tone, as participants and spectators voiced opposition to anti-LGBT forces around the world and especially the Trump administration.

A contingent from Gays Against Guns, founded after the Pulse nightclub shooting, donned all white and veils and carried placards memorializing the 49 victims of the massacre. Other marchers protested Trump’s policies on everything from immigration and reproductive rights to health care and transgender equality.


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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning attended the event, marking her first Pride parade since being released from prison earlier this year. Manning joined the ACLU alongside Gavin Grimm, the trans teen whose lawsuit reached the Supreme Court. The two activists rode in a red convertible, with Manning tweeting she screamed so much she lost her voice.

Several New York politicians also attended the march, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo, whop unveiled the design for the state’s first monument to the LGBT community.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who did not participate in the march, complained on social media that she and her family were booed and heckled as they left a restaurant along the parade route. (As governor of South Carolina, Haley went to court to keep the state from having to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.)

The march was mostly peaceful, though it wasn’t entirely without conflict: Several marchers who blocked the parade route to protest police involvement in Pride were arrested.

A large group of Toronto Police officers, who were who were originally banned from marching in Toronto Pride at the request of LGBT Black Lives Matter activists, were also part of the March. The officers had been invited to march in Toronto, but only if they wore plain clothes.

Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Nikos Giannopoulos, who famously whipped out a fan for a picture with Donald Trump, was also in the parade, marching with his partner in the GLAAD contingent.

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Naturally, there was also plenty of pageantry, celebration, and exuberance alongside the protests.


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