TAKING PRIDE IN NYC
A Look at NYC’s 2011 PRIDE PARADE
June 26th, 2011
Late Friday evening, June 24th, 2011, the New York State Senate passed some historic legislation that was proudly signed into law by Governor Cuomo: New York legalized gay marriage. It is now the sixth state to offer same sex marriage to its people. This was one giant step forward toward equality for all in New York State.
What made the moment even sweeter was that it happened on the eve of New York City’s annual Pride Parade. What better reason to take pride in one’s self, one’s city and one’s state than the passage of a law which allows a long disenfranchised minority rights granted to every other citizen: the opportunity to marry the person of one’s choosing.
The parade which usually gets about 1.5 million participants and onlookers to crowd Fifth Avenue was almost double its usual size this year as everyone who was anyone came out to celebrate not just gay pride, but pride in living in a place that no longer let’s fear, bigotry and hate control public policy.
The Pride Parade’s theme this year was “Proud and Powerful,” and we saw just how proud and powerful we, as citizens of New York, could be for an entire weekend. First it was showcased in the passing of this historic legislation, and then celebrated for the next two days, culminating in the Pride Parade.
In a moment like this, we’re all TAKING PRIDE IN NYC!
Photography by Marie Havens
Design by Devon Pentz
Pride Parade, NYC, 2011, Photography by Marie Havens