The celebratory tone of gay pride marches from San Francisco to Istanbul on Sunday were undergirded by an atmosphere of political expression and protest.
Participants included Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who served seven years in prison for leaking classified data before former President Barack Obama granted her clemency.
In Minneapolis, organizers of Sunday’s Twin Cities Pride Parade initially asked the police department to limit its participation, with the chairwoman saying the sight of uniformed officers could foster “angst and tension and the feeling of unrest” after a suburban officer’s acquittal this month in the deadly shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, during a traffic stop.
In a year when leaders are anxious about the president’s agenda, parade organizers in NY and San Francisco were more focused on protest.
In contrast, a smattering of anti-Trump signs in San Francisco was drowned out by a desire to let loose.
“I feel like Trump is homophobic and racist”, Smith said. Cuomo, a Democrat, on Sunday formally appointed Paul G. Feinman to the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. “So we have a lot more work to do, that’s why we are here today”.
Chelsea Manning, the transgender US army soldier who was imprisoned for leaking classified military information about the Iraq war before being released through a pardon by outgoing president Barack Obama, celebrated her first New York City Pride March on Sunday in front of a float sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
“Pride this year is showing that we are here, we are queer, and we are not going to sit down for anything less than full rights, full equality”, said Austin Anderson, a 28-year-old advertising worker at the NY event.
“As you probably know, this march started after a police raid at Stonewall Inn”, Fallarino said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, bottom center, marches during the New York City Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017, in New York.
In San Francisco, revellers had to pass through one of dozens of metal security detectors to get into the main plaza. Up to 100,000 people attended Istanbul Pride in 2014. “One was a cop in the NYPD and said we missed you past year”, she said smiling. The Turkish government says there is no discrimination against gays and that current laws already protect citizens.
One Dyke March collective member told Windy City Times that the flags “made people feel unsafe” and went against the march’s anti-Zionist objectives. The rainbow flag is a symbol of the LGBT movement.
Some partygoers celebrating gay pride held signs Sunday that read “No Ban, No Wall, Welcome Sisters and Brothers” while they danced to electronic music at a stage near San Francisco’s City Hall.