With a different look, Pride festivities go on
There were protests, rainbow flags and performances — it was LGBTQ Pride, after all.
But what was normally an outpouring on the streets of New York City looked a little different this year, because of social distancing rules required by the coronavirus pandemic.
With the city’s massive Pride parade canceled, Sunday’s performances were virtual, the flags flew in emptier-thannormal spaces, and the protesters were masked.
The disruption caused by the novel coronavirus would be an aggravation in any year, but particularly in this one, the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in New York City.
“It’s a great thing to see because the original Pride started with the civil rights movement,” Matthew Fischer said as he passed out hand sanitizer Sunday at Foley Square. “So we’re really going back to the roots of that and making sure we encompass everything that empowers people to be who they are.”
Fischer said it was important this year to show cooperation between the African American and LGBTQ communities, given the recent police killings of George Floyd and others that have sparked demonstrations against police brutality.
The first Pride march, on June 28, 1970, was a marker of the Stonewall uprisings of the year before in New York City’s West Village that helped propel a global LGBTQ rights movement.
People gather Sunday in front of a Minneapolis police precinct during a Pride march to call for justice for those killed by police.