NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s marquee homosexual satisfaction parade was preempted by hundreds of anti-corporate dissidents who staged their very own protest on Sunday, rejecting a uniformed police presence and industrial sponsorship whereas additionally demanding LGBTQ equality.
Marchers stroll down fifth Avenue as they half within the 2019 World Pleasure NYC and Stonewall 50th LGBTQ Pleasure Parade in New York, U.S., June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Hours earlier than New York was set to launch what organizers are calling the biggest homosexual satisfaction parade in historical past for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, the Queer Liberation March proceeded in the wrong way, beginning on the historic Stonewall Inn and heading north to Central Park.
In the meantime town was anticipating 150,000 parade marchers and tens of millions of spectators to line streets for the principle occasion working north-to-south towards the Stonewall, the homosexual bar in Greenwich Village the place resistance to police harassment on June 28, 1969, triggered the trendy LGBTQ liberation motion.
Comparable parades had been being held world wide. North Macedonia held its first Homosexual Pleasure march on Saturday. [nL8N2400GR] In Singapore, marchers known as for scrapping a regulation banning homosexual intercourse. [nL4N2400DB] In Turkey, Istanbul’s homosexual and transgender group gathered for a small rally that ended with tear fuel and rubber bullets on Sunday after their annual march was banned for the fifth consecutive 12 months. [nL8N2410MZ]
In New York, even activists related to the official parade sounded off concerning the true which means of a motion that started when marginalized energy fought again towards the highly effective.
“I don’t need anybody to be fooled by the colours within the streets, the rainbow glosses across the adverts of T-Cell or any of the opposite great firms, into considering that we’re free as a result of we’re not,” Indya Moore, an actor from FX tv collection Pose, informed a information convention held by parade organizers.
“And so to see immediately, on the anniversary of Stonewall, police heavy saturated in our streets, it’s traumatic for a few of us,” Moore mentioned.
New York was designated the positioning of World Pleasure this 12 months, with company sponsors and uniformed police going down within the parade, an unimaginable sight 50 years in the past.
Straight allies joined LGBTQ individuals in waving rainbow flags and defending civil rights.
On the Disco Mass at St. Marks Church, dance and pop hits from Diana Ross, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams had been blended with conventional Episcopalian and gospel hymns within the theme of inclusion and freedom.
However organizers of the Queer Liberation March aimed to name consideration to the killing of black trans ladies, protest U.S. detentions of migrant youngsters, and oppose actions by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to curtail the rights of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and different queer individuals.
They marched behind a banner stating “We Resist.”
“We’re taking a stand, we’re saying no to the police, we’re saying no to the firms,” mentioned Jay Toole, 71, who took half within the Stonewall rebellion 50 years in the past and can boycott the World Pleasure parade.
“I used to be right here for the primary evening … it wasn’t only a bunch of white individuals. There have been individuals of colour out right here, there have been trans individuals. We didn’t have the phrases for it again then however, belief me, they had been out right here.”
Marchers hoisted indicators with statements similar to “My trans satisfaction shouldn’t be enterprise advertising and marketing” and “Decolonize Pleasure.”
Alina Balseiro, 19, a pupil from Cambridge, Massachusetts, mentioned she joined the choice march as a result of “I’m queer and we have to be right here, rise up and combat again.”
The Queer Liberation March noticed two moments of silence, one wherein protesters lay on the road, as if useless, to attract consideration to the killing of transgender ladies.
A minimum of 10 transgender individuals have been murdered in america in 2019 after 26 had been killed in 2018 and 29 in 2017, in line with Human Rights Marketing campaign. Almost all had been trans ladies of colour.
Reporting by Maria Caspani and Matthew Lavietes; Extra reporting by Richard Leong; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Enhancing by Phil Berlowitz