Members of the LGBTQ community are now protesting the corporatization of the Pride Parades.
Mobile communications company T-Mobile, Mastercard Inc and banking company HSBC were among the NYC Pride corporate sponsors.
“It’s a march, not a parade, to commemorate the Stonewall riots,” Maddy Felecite told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the start of the alternative march.
“I prefer to walk in a pride march rather than a parade, as it’s more linked to the grassroots movement.”
Pride marches around the world have their roots in the events of June 1969, when patrons of Stonewall, a New York gay bar, stood up to police harassment and triggered days of rioting.
Their resistance gave rise to national and global LGBT+ movements for equal rights.
“Stonewall was a riot. It wasn’t a pride parade,” said Alma Rosa Silva-Banuelos at Protest Pride.
“Today is a resistance and also a reminder of where the queer and trans community came from.”
Holding a sign that said “Revolting Lesbians,” marcher Jo McNamara said: “We’re here today because we are tired of the police and corporations taking over Pride.”
This couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people!
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