Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New York Pride 2015: Led the Way

Each June is the Gay Pride Month in NYC, which means gays from around the globe  unite for a month of LGBT love, with all the queer dances, gay club nights, activists and LGBT fundraisers. And of course, there is the big Gay Pride March.

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

This year, two days after SCOTUS affirmed gay marriage as a fundamental right, New York City’s pride parade began, appropriately enough, with a wedding.

Presiding over the same-sex ceremony, which took place in front of the historic Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, was New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Cuomo, who noted he was officiating his first wedding ceremony, wed Human Rights Campaign staffer David Contreras Turley, 36, and UBS financial analyst Peter Thiede, 35, while a crowd of onlookers cheered and The Beatles’ “Love Is All You Need” played.

The greatest pride open to all.

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