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Corporations, Sponsors Allowed Larger Pride Contingents

Corporations, Sponsors Allowed Larger Pride Contingents

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE 
 | After saying repeatedly in public meetings that all contingents in New York City’s LGBTQ Pride Parade would be limited to no more than 200 marchers, the group that produces the annual march and related events allowed 13 organizations, including 11 of its sponsors, to field contingents that had more than […]

Despite New Route, Parade Topped Nine Hours Again

Despite New Route, Parade Topped Nine Hours Again

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A controversial Pride Parade route that was intended to reduce the time the annual event takes to complete shaved just 24 minutes off the march compared to last year’s march and it was still longer than the 2016 and 2015 parades. “I have to say that the rationale for the route was […]

No-Wristbanders Resist Pride Regimentation

No-Wristbanders Resist Pride Regimentation

BY ANDY HUMM | The theme of this year’s LGBTQ Pride Parade was “Defiantly Different,” but when activists from Reclaim Pride, a group I’ve participated in, organized Wristband Resisters to challenge the requirement from the parade organizers, Heritage of Pride (HOP), that all marchers register and obtain wristbands from them, the organizers pushed back, sought the […]

Reclaim, Re-Read, Refresh & Regress

BY ED SIKOV | From Medium.com, a handy place for writers to reach readers without having to go through such pesky, interfering people as editors (pace, Mr. Schindler, sir): “ACTIVISTS FROM RECLAIM PRIDE COALITION DELIVER DEMANDS REGARDING THE NYC PRIDE MARCH TO CITY OFFICIALS, HERITAGE OF PRIDE.” You know you’re in for it when writers push […]

The Other Side Of Outrage: Mohammad Hamad And Hope

The Other Side Of Outrage: Mohammad Hamad And Hope

BY SUSIE DAY | I wanted to talk to Mohammad Hamad because, in the midst celebrating our Pride, it may be time to look at some of our prejudices. Mohammad, a 30-year-old Palestinian American, has been on the board of directors of Brooklyn Pride for the last three years. He founded Brooklyn Pride’s Diversity and […]

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 […]

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