In New York, thousands of people took part in an alternative parade on Sunday. Protesters marched from Bryant Park in the Manhattan metropolitan area to the famous Washington Square Park. The alternative bizarre parade has been organized by the Re-Pride Coalition movement since 2019, in view of which the largest annual pride parade in the American metropolis has become very commercial.
Many of the protesters held posters with inscriptions such as “Choir Power” or “It is good to be gay”. “I think there are many who are not interested in rainbow dyeing and the commercial acquisition of LGDPQ people,” said David Bishop, a 47-year-old protester, referring to the huge Pride march that attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year – including many politicians and celebrities. This year, due to the corona, the parade will take place almost for the second time.
The Pride Coalition argues that the Great Pride Parade has strayed far from the spirit of the 1969 Stonewall riots, believed to be the origin of the homosexual and lesbian movement. Police officers have been barred from participating in the alternative bizarre march.
Robbie Medlin, a 28-year-old protester, said the Stonewall riots were the first to occur because New York police were “trying to take our rights away from us.” “Until they make real changes, they are not welcome.”
Only recently did the NGO Heritage of Pride announce that uniformed police officers will not be allowed to participate in the annual Pride parade until 2025. Police associations criticized the ban as discriminatory.