NYC’s Queer Liberation March Comes to Life in These Stunning Portraits

"Queers, don't deny it; Stonewall was a riot!"

Some 45,000 LGBTQ people and allies took the streets of New York City for the Reclaim Pride Coalition’s (RPC) first ever Queer Liberation March, a radical, non-corporate alternative to the city’s 2019 WorldPride festivities.

The crowd convened at Christopher Street and 7th Avenue for a 9:30am a kickoff this Sunday, June 30, heading uptown to Central Park’s Great Lawn from Greenwich Village. Marchers included original Gay Liberation Front (GLF) activists, organizers from RPC, and even a handful of survivors of the infamous 1969 police raids on NYC’s Stonewall Inn—which served as the inspiration for the march’s anti-capitalist, anti-police sentiments.

Emil Cohen

The Queer Liberation March was volunteer-run, donation-driven, and featured two moments of silence for LGBTQ lives lost too soon: one at 11am, and another at 2pm. The protest culminated with a rally in the Great Lawn, with speakers like ACT UP organizers Larry Kramer and Jason W. Walker and performers like Justin Vivian Bond.

In a NewNowNext exclusive, browse portraits from NYC’s Queer Liberation March from photographer Emil Cohen below.

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