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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, […]

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 […]

With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A dozen queer activists were arrested during New York City’s Pride March as they protested the presence of police and corporate sponsors in the annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots that marked the modern LGBTQ rights movement’s start. “To the police — You cannot mass incarcerate us, brutalize us, murder us, […]

In Orlando’s Wake, Outpouring on Pride Sunday

In Orlando’s Wake, Outpouring on Pride Sunday

BY ANDY HUMM | The Orlando massacre of June 12 could well have cast a pall over LGBT pride celebrations across the country, giving us pause about parading down the street when there are those out there who wish us harm. Instead, the community and our allies were defiant, coming out in palpably greater numbers […]

A Cop Who Really Was New York’s Finest

A Cop Who Really Was New York’s Finest

BY ANDY HUMM | A stone’s throw from the Stonewall Inn where cops battled LGBT rebels in 1969, the corner of Sixth Avenue and Waverly Place was named for the first police officer with the guts to come out publicly, the late Sergeant Charlie Cochrane, co-founder of the Gay Officers Action League, or GOAL. It was a […]

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

BY ANDY HUMM | The LGBT Pride Parade in New York has largely become one long –– and I mean really long, at seven hours-plus –– infomercial for businesses, from banks to Broadway shows, that want the patronage of LGBT folks and those sympathetic to us. But LGBT and AIDS activist and service groups continue […]