Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance - and face some
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 8:52
It said a number of groups had "serious reactions" to the march, which was planned to coincide with the first day of the Islamic feast of Eid al-Fitr, and urged citizens against continuing with the parade in violation of the ban.
New York's Gay Pride march has spawned copycat demonstrations in nearly every corner of the world.
Activists have been galled by the Trump administration's rollback of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.
"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.
Although police blocked roads and turned away people thought to be associated with the march, demonstrators still held small demonstrations around the city.
The BBC's Mark Lowen, in Istanbul, says the heavy police presence stopped people from entering Istiklal street, where the rally was scheduled to start. But this year, for the first time ever, she was in the parade.
"I don't think I could have dreamed up the same wording that had as much emotional appeal to gays and lesbians as he did, but he did it and that's the same sign I'll carry to the parade this year", Goldin said.
Members of New York City's gay, lesbian and transgender community prepare to march in the Queens Pride Parade on June 4, 2017 in Jackson Heights, Queens. "We believe strongly that it's a free speech event". Some activists feel the events center on gay white men and are unconcerned with issues including economic inequality and policing.
Trump protesters silently walked down the parade route and another group spread its message of gun control.
March organizers have taken some steps to address the criticisms about diversity.
Every year on the last Sunday in June, Frances Goldin can be found on the northwest corner of 18th Street and 5th Avenue in NY.
Pride organizers said the crackdown was about intolerance and not security.
The governor's office Saturday cited safety and public order as a reason for banning the event, claiming that a valid parade application had not been filed for Sunday's event.
Organizers said police began ordering anyone identifiably affiliated with LGBTQ groups to move along, before using plastic bullets and dogs to attack people gathering on Mis Sokak, another street.