Heritage of Pride, the non-profit organization that plans and produces New York City’s official LGBTQ Pride events, is backtracking on parts of its decision to allow the resistance to be represented at this year’s march.
Several weeks ago, Heritage of Pride agreed to allow the resistance contingent of the LGBTQ community to march behind the grand marshals and the Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club of New York City, also known as the ‘Dykes on Bikes’, who traditionally lead the parade.
The decision came following several weeks of lobbying from New York-based activist groups Gays Against Guns, Rise and Resist, ACT UP and United Thru Action, who met with Heritage of Pride multiple times to request that the Anti-Trump movement be included in the march.
After agreeing to the request, Heritage of Pride asked resistance organizations to sign up for the march under the name “Resistance.”
However, the organizers are now attempting to impose a series of restrictions on the group including banning floats and vehicles, requesting a $5 donation from each protester, limiting the resistance only to members of the four groups, and refusing to allow the resistance to distribute flyers or freebies – a privilege granted to other organizations.
Julian Sanjivan, march director for the parade, will meet with Rise and Resist today (Tuesday) at 7pm at the Church of the Village to discuss the conditions.
Meanwhile members of the resistance groups are continuing their outreach to LGBTQ groups across the city.