By: Agence France-Presse
Tens of hundreds of marchers paraded via New York streets Sunday in an enormous Gay Pride parade, with many proudly carrying rainbow flags or waving virulently anti-Trump indicators.
On foot, astride bikes or driving on flatbed vans, individuals slowly coated the 2-mile (Three-kilometer) route from Midtown Manhattan to Greenwich Village, the place the motion for [email protected] rights was born after the so-called Stonewall riots of 1969.
New York’s Gay Pride march has spawned copycat demonstrations in virtually each nook of the world. But whereas police in Istanbul fired rubber bullets at individuals to disperse marchers, the parade in New York is a long-accepted establishment.
Under a superb solar, tons of of police officers and a few of New York’s most outstanding politicians — Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer, all Democrats — marched cheerfully alongside individuals, among the latter within the scantiest of outfits.
The 2015 version of the march celebrated the nationwide legalization of gay marriage.
Last yr, the temper was somber, coming after a taking pictures bloodbath at an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub left 49 folks lifeless.
This yr, many marcher carried “Resist” posters, expressing their disdain for President Donald Trump’s insurance policies and priorities — notably the trouble to roll again the Obamacare well being reforms, in addition to strikes to curtail the rights of [email protected]
Gavin Grimm, a [email protected] pupil whose demand that he be allowed to make use of the boys’ toilet at his highschool gained nationwide notoriety and was taken up by the American Civil Liberties Union, was designated a grand marshal of the parade.
He informed the AFP that the current Supreme Court choice to assessment the matter was “unfortunate (and) very disappointing,” but added that “I feel it was only a roadblock in a fight that we all know was going to be long anyway.”
While many individuals had been clearly, and vocally, against Trump, many others mentioned they didn’t need the march to turn into a politicized occasion.
“It’s not political, its social,” mentioned Cara Lee Sparry, a New Yorker who has taken half in a dozen such marches.
“Just to be surrounded by hundreds and thousands of people going ‘Yeah’ for hours, is incredible. You can’t beat it!”(AFP)