aNewDomain — Many cities across the U.S. burst out in rainbow colors this past weekend for their annual pride events. June was first officially declared “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” by President Bill Clinton back in 2000. In 2014 came President Barack Obama’s declaration, which called June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.”
The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots which occurred in June of 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City.
In light of Friday’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage across the U.S., for many this was a particularly excellent time to celebrate. Though many cities from San Francisco to Chicago and beyond were celebrating this weekend, perhaps no event is quite as spectacular as Pride in New York City itself. There’s only one New York City Pride, after all.
Here’s my photo gallery of the many sights the New York City Pride parade 2015 had to offer. Just like you were there.
There were folks celebrating marriage equality …
… and others reminding us that there is more work yet to come.
There was a group of queer Facebook employees.
And even some pot enthusiasts.
A few members of the cast of Orange is the New Black arrived on the Netflix float.
And Lea DeLaria showed up in a convertible. Her shirt, perhaps to no one’s surprise, reads: “Lord of the Lesbians.”
There were these guys on Segways:
A unicorn. There always has to be a unicorn.
Here are some real proud moms:
And several international costumes.
There were members of the FDNY:
And the NYPD marching band …
There were also a few costumes I don’t know how to describe.
There were many families marching in the parade. Some were families marching with their LGBT parents …
And others were parents marching with their LGBT children:
Alongside the costumes, makeup and general festivity, the New York City Pride parade featured many organizations doing amazing work to support LGBTQ people. Like the Ali Forney Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect LGBTQ youth from the harm of homelessness and to empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
If you’ve never had a chance to see the spectacle of the New York City Pride parade, I would definitely recommend it. There’s a little something here for almost anyone.
For aNewDomain, I’m Becket Morgan.
All images courtesy of Becket Morgan and Roya Millard