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New York celebrates LGBT pride in historic birthplace of march

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 01:03

Large crowds turn out for the Pride march in New York City, the place most associated with the LGBT rights movement, bringing a more political flavor sparked by events there almost 50 years ago. Roselle Chen reports.

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New York City's annual gay pride parade took a political tone on Sunday (June 25) with marchers carrying signs reading "We Resist," and "Donald Trump, Queer Basher." Tens of thousands carried rainbow flags and danced in the streets. They also paid special tribute to last year's shooting at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub, in which a gunman killed 49 people. One of the grand marshals this year is Brooke Guinan, a transgender woman who works as a New York City firefighter. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BROOKE GUINAN, GRAND MARSHAL OF NEW YORK'S PRIDE PARADE, SAYING: "Go out there and achieve your dreams and search for those things that make you happy and that you have the same rights as everyone else does." While June is the annual pride month celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, many advocates say more work needs to be done to fight various forms of oppression both locally and globally. The march route ended near the Stonewall Inn, to commemorate the riots that broke out there in 1969 after police raided the gay bar, in an event seen as a turning point in the gay rights movement. New York's first Pride march started close by a year later.

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New York celebrates LGBT pride in historic birthplace of march

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 01:03