Sunday, June 24, 2007


“United for Equality” is the theme of this year’s HERITAGE OF PRIDE PARADE. It’s the 38th year of the annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender celebration. The parade began at noon today on Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street and proceeded south to 8th Street where it continued west. At Sixth Avenue, the parade veered northwest on Greenwich Avenue for one block then headed southwest through the Village on Christopher Street. The celebration commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots, considered the birth of the Gay Rights movement in America. At 2 p.m., there was a moment of silence to recognize those who have died of AIDS.

The rainbow flag, a symbol of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride was ubiquitous at the parade. The flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker, and was first flown in San Francisco. The original design had 8 colors, but as of 2006, it consists of six coloured stripes of red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sun), green (nature), blue (harmony), and violet (spirit). It is most commonly flown with the red stripe on top, as the colours appear in a natural rainbow.
On June 28, 1969 in New York's Greenwich Village, the police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn, which initiated a series of violent conflicts between the New York City police officers and groups of gay and transgender people. Also called the Stonewall Rebellion or simply Stonewall, the clash marked the beginning of worldwide gay rights movement.

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