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‘This will always be a protest’: New York marks 50 years since Stonewall

Protesters carried anti-Trump and queer liberation signs, chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

“We march for the liberation of our community so they can live and celebrate their identity. So they can reclaim it. This will always remain a protest, not an advertisement,” Seller said.

Marchers like this man say there is still work to be done to achieve equality.

Marchers like this man say there is still work to be done to achieve equality.Credit:AP

Other attendees focused on the progress that’s been made within the LGBTQ community over the last few decades.

“We’ve come so far in the past 20 years,” said 55-year-old Gary Piper, who came from Kansas to celebrate Pride with his partner.

“I remember friends who would be snatched off the streets in Texas for dressing in drag. They’d have to worry about being persecuted for their identity.

Marchers participate in the Queer Liberation March in New York on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall protests.

Marchers participate in the Queer Liberation March in New York on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall protests.Credit:AP

“But now we’re so much more accepted. I’m not saying we don’t have ways to go, but let’s celebrate how far we’ve come.”

He said he also planned to attend the larger Pride parade later in the day.

Police presence was high at the march, with several officers posted at every corner.

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The Pride parade was being attended by 677 community groups and corporations. Organisers said at least 150,000 people were expected to march, with hundreds of thousands more lining the streets to watch.

The Pride march concludes a month of Stonewall commemorations in New York that included rallies, parties, film showings and a human rights conference.

The celebration coincides with WorldPride, an international LGBTQ event that started in Rome in 2000 and was held in New York for 2019.

Other Pride events were taking place on Sunday around the US and the world.

In San Francisco, a contingent of Google employees petitioned the Pride parade’s board of directors to revoke Google’s sponsorship over what they called harassment and hate speech directed at LGBTQ people on YouTube and other Google platforms.

San Francisco Pride declined to revoke Google’s sponsorship or remove the company from the parade, but Pride officials said the Google critics could protest against the company’s policies as part of the parade’s ‘Resistance Contingent’.

In Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, the city’s first openly gay mayor, was one of seven grand marshals at the parade.

AP

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