NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s marquee gay pride parade was preempted by thousands of anti-corporate dissidents who staged their own protest on Sunday, rejecting a uniformed police presence and commercial sponsorship while also demanding LGBTQ equality.
Hours before New York was set to launch what organizers are calling the largest gay pride parade in history for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the Queer Liberation March proceeded in the opposite direction, starting at the historic Stonewall Inn and heading north to Central Park.
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Meanwhile the city was expecting 150,000 parade marchers and millions of spectators to line streets for the main event running north-to-south toward the Stonewall, the gay bar in Greenwich Village where resistance to police harassment on June 28, 1969, triggered the modern LGBTQ liberation movement.
Similar parades were being held around the world. North Macedonia held its first Gay Pride march on Saturday. In Singapore, marchers called for scrapping a law banning gay sex. In Turkey, Istanbul’s gay and transgender community gathered for a small rally that ended with tear gas and rubber bullets on Sunday after their annual march was banned for the fifth consecutive year.
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In New York, even activists connected to the official parade sounded off about the true meaning of a movement that began when marginalized power fought back against the powerful.
“I don’t want anyone to be fooled by the colors in the streets, the rainbow glosses around the ads of T-Mobile or any of the other wonderful companies, into thinking that we are free because we’re not,” Indya Moore, an actor from FX television series Pose, told a news conference held by parade organizers.
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“And so to see today, on the anniversary of Stonewall, police heavy saturated in our streets, it’s traumatic for some of us,” Moore said.
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