To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, bystanders revisit this watershed moment for queer rights. The NYC Gay Pride parade commemorates the birth of the gay-rights movement with the march, parties and more. Five of our favorite queer New Yorkers open up about the time they knew they belonged in the Big Rainbow Apple. Nearly five million folks are expected at WorldPride this June. Locals share tales of outrageousness, anger, inspiration and joy from the past 49 years of the NYC Pride March.
NYC Pride March
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Heritage of Pride works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. Early in the morning of June 28, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar that had become a staple of New York City's underground gay community. But this time, tired of the ongoing raids, community members fought back, striking what would become known as The Stonewall Riots. The New York Times reported that the marchers took up the entire street for about 15 city blocks. One of the first major successes of the movement came when the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the DSM-II, where it had been listed alongside pedophilia and zoophilia. Pride organizations began forming in major cities throughout the U.
New York City Pride Parade 2016
New York City Pride March is an event celebrating the LGBTQ community ; it is one of the largest annual Pride marches in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants and millions of sidewalk spectators each June. The largest NYC Pride March to date coincided with the Stonewall 50 — WorldPride NYC festivities, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the riots at the Stonewall Inn , with , participants and five million visitors to Manhattan on Pride weekend;  an estimated four million attended the parade. This event, together with further protests and rioting over the following nights, marked a watershed moment in the modern LGBT rights movement and the impetus for organizing LGBT pride marches on a much larger scale. Veterans of the riot formed a group, the Stonewall Veterans Association , which has continued to drive the advancement of LGBT rights from the rioting at the Stonewall Inn, to the present day. In the weeks following the riots, people gathered for a "Gay Power" demonstration in Washington Square Park , followed by a march to Sheridan Square.