NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – LGBTQ pride parades began Sunday in New York City and across the United States with gleaming confetti, cheering crowds, rainbow flags and renewed fear of losing the freedoms won by decades of activism. ,
Annual marches in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and other cities came two days after a conservative Supreme Court justice suggested the court should also reconsider same-sex marriage rights recognized in 2015.
“We are here to make a manifesto,” said 31-year-old Mercedes Sharp, who traveled from Massachusetts to Manhattan.
“I think it’s about pointing out something as opposed to every other year as we usually celebrate. It would really turn heads. I think not only women, but a lot of angry men and angry women.” There will be angry people.”
Thousands of people – many dressed in proud colors – walked the parade route through Manhattan, floating and passing participants. Organizers announced this weekend that a crew from Planned Parenthood would lead the parade.
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the Supreme Court’s decision a “momentary setback,” calling Sunday’s events “an opportunity for us to celebrate not only our pride, but our determination to fight back.”
“We would not live in a world, not in my city, where our rights were taken away or taken away,” said Lightfoot, Chicago’s first openly gay mayor and the first black woman to serve.
In San Francisco, some protesters and onlookers held signs condemning the court’s decision on abortion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, riding in convertible with a hammer and rainbow fan, said the vote was an acknowledgment that Americans support gay rights.
“Although most courts are against our constitution, our country knows and loves our LGBTQI+ community,” Pelosi told KGO-TV.
The warning from the nation’s highest court after a year of legislative defeat for the LGBTQ community comes after some states passed laws that limit discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity with children.
With the resurgence of anti-gay sentiments, some are pushing for the parade to return to its roots: fewer street parties and more civil rights marches.
While enjoying a recent drink at Julius, one of the older gay bars in Greenwich, Manhattan, 67-year-old Sean Clarke said of New York’s annual parade, “It’s more of a celebration of gay life than a statement of activism and protest.” I’ve gone.” Village Neighborhood.
Clark recalls when the parade was a march of defiance and rejection of an oppressive society that viewed lesbians, lesbians and transgender people as worthless and foreign.
“As satisfying and exhilarating as it is now to be accepted by the mainstream… there was something exciting and wonderful about looking outwards as well,” he said.
New York’s first LGBTQ pride march, then called the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, was held in 1970 to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a spontaneous street riot triggered by a police raid on a gay bar across Manhattan.
Associated Press writers Sarah Burnett and Robert Jablon contributed from Chicago and Los Angeles, respectively.