Sunday, June 24, 2012

Heritage of Pride March NYC 2012

The annual Heritage of Pride Parade took place today one year after New York's same-sex marriage law passed. Over the years, the gay pride parade's purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to the illness, violence and neglect. Each year since 1970, the parade has had a different theme. This year, the theme is "Share the Love." Organizers say they want other states to pass legislation that allows same-sex marriage in six states and the District of Columbia. This year marked another first for the movement, with a float carrying active members of the U.S. military who can now openly declare their sexuality while being allowed to still serve. There were other political groups that also marched including Occupy Wall Street movement. New York political figures joined the march including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chick Schumer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Cyndi Lauper was one of the grand marshals.

1 comment:

Boston's Finest said...

great post and the pictures are fantastic! I am not gay but I can truly appreciate equality in this day and age:)