Last night, demonstrators attended a general membership meeting of Heritage of Pride, a non-profit organization that plans and produces New York City’s official LGBT Pride events, in the West Village, to petition the committee.
The action came days after organizers of the LA Pride announced the parade would be replaced with a protest march this year, to resist “forces that want to roll back our rights, and politicians who want to make us second-class citizens,” according to Brian Pendleton, a board member for Christopher Street West, the non-profit that organizes the event.
According to NYC Pride’s website, the Pride events are organized each year to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the beginning of the modern Gay Rights movement.
“Heritage of Pride works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing LGBT Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community,” according to the group’s mission statement.
Demonstrators argued that NYC Heritage should honor its mission statement by ensuring that this year’s march reflects the fact that the LGBTQ community is currently “under siege” from the Trump administration, particularly transgender children.
“Don’t deny it, Stonewall was a riot,” said Jay W Walker, a member of Rise and Resist, speaking from the floor.
NYC Heritage said it welcomed the comments and was open to ongoing discussion to incorporate the resistance movement into the march.
The group is hoping to avoid a repeat of the chaos at last year’s event—following the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Florida—when hundreds of protesters joined the parade by climbing over barricades.
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