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A Heritage of Disagreement

A Heritage of Disagreement

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moments before Charlie Cochrane, an NYPD sergeant, spoke at a 1981 City Council hearing in support of legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, he had to listen to a vice president from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association oppose the bill and assert that there were no gay cops in […]

Heritage of Pride Takes Heat Over Parade Route Change

Heritage of Pride Takes Heat Over Parade Route Change

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organization that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events first considered a controversial new route for this year’s parade in December 2016, but throughout the first six months of 2017, as it was negotiating a resistance contingent in last year’s parade, it never told activists in that contingent […]

HOP: Nabe Complaints Led to New Parade Route

HOP: Nabe Complaints Led to New Parade Route

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | On April 25, members of the Reclaim Pride Coalition presented Heritage of Pride (HOP) with a list of demands, including an “honest and transparent explanation for the dramatic route change” that has the city’s annual Pride Parade beginning in Chelsea, traveling south on Seventh Avenue to Christopher Street, east to Fifth Avenue, […]

Heritage of Pride Rebuffs Demands on GOAL’s Presence

Heritage of Pride Rebuffs Demands on GOAL’s Presence

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | By reaffirming its policy that New York City’s annual Pride Parade is a “free speech platform,” Heritage of Pride (HOP) effectively rebuffed a demand made by the Reclaim Pride Coalition that HOP bar members of the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) from marching in uniform in the parade and that it keep […]

GOAL’s Marathon for Acceptance in the NYPD

GOAL’s Marathon for Acceptance in the NYPD

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Confronted by a crowd of several thousand who turned out for an October 1998 vigil called to mark the murder of Matthew Shepard who had died in Wyoming just seven days earlier following a brutal anti-gay assault, the NYPD decided that it was not going to allow the vigil to proceed. Over […]

Reclaim Pride Defers Next Steps to May 12

Reclaim Pride Defers Next Steps to May 12

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A town hall meeting organized by the Reclaim Pride Coalition featured complaining about how Heritage of Pride (HOP) administers New York City’s annual Pride Parade and the commercialization and policing of that event, but the crowd of roughly 70 came to no conclusion as to the steps they will take to […]

Activists Demand “Drastic” Changes to Pride

Activists Demand  “Drastic” Changes to Pride

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A group of activists who have deep ties to the LGBTQ and other movements are demanding significant changes in how Heritage of Pride (HOP) operates New York City’s annual Pride Parade and in how the NYPD polices the event. “We are delivering demands to address historic and ongoing issues with the administration of […]

Resistance Bloc Likely to Seek Pride Parade Slot Again

Resistance Bloc Likely to Seek Pride Parade Slot Again

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | For the second year in a row, Heritage of Pride (HOP), the organization that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events, may be facing demands that it admit a resistance contingent to the march. “We want a resistance contingent and we want it to be bigger than 200 people,” […]

Solemn Vigil Marks World AIDS Day’s Close

Solemn Vigil Marks World AIDS Day’s Close

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | As the sun went down on December 1, hundreds gathered at the NYC AIDS Memorial in the West Village to mark the 26th annual Out of the Darkness World AIDS Day candlelight vigil and heard from speakers involved in the battle against HIV. The Memorial was dedicated just one year […]

Parade Disruptors’ Support in Wider Community Uncertain

Parade Disruptors’ Support in Wider Community Uncertain

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As 12 members of Hoods- 4Justice were marched off Christopher Street in handcuffs after blockading the street during the June 25 Pride Parade, the crowd on the sidewalk booed. Asked if they were booing the police for making the arrests or the protesters who halted the parade, people on the sidewalk […]

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