Is Pride For All?
Today, New York City will host the legendary Pride Parade, with about 4 million people planning to join the festivities. It’s been 50 years since the Stonewall riots, which took place after police raided the bar and for the first time the patrons fought back. Resisting the cops became an uprising which lasted for days, paving the way for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front.
Half a century of radical politics later, concern has grown within the LGBT community that the movement has lost all sense of the mission as a protest and counterculture.
For the first time in the tradition’s history there will be two marches. An organization called “Reclaim Pride” has formed to initiate the “Queer Liberation March” in protest of the mainstream “Heritage of Pride” march, which they feel has sacrificed its values and integrity in exchange for corporate sponsorship and marketing.
Listen to the NY Times “The Daily” podcast episode below for the full backstory to the differing perspectives and let us know which Pride event you’ll be attending. And not matter which event you are attending, we want to wish you a Happy World Pride Day.