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06/26/2008

Video: Pride, when not being institutionalized was something to celebrate

by Jeremy Hooper

NYC Pride is this Sunday. And while the floats, the pier dance, and corporate sponsorships that will surely define the event again this year make for a fun-loving spectacle, things were not always so enjoyment-centric. As you will see in this historic video from the NYC LGBT Community Center, the first march was more of a tentative traipse into the unknown:

So for those who will be marching, dancing, and drinking their ways through Manhattan this weekend, keep in mind the foregays who paved the way. After all, if you feel free enough to kiss your partner on the corner of Fifth Ave. without looking over your shoulder for incoming fists, then you owe them a thanks

Out at The Center - Pride 2008 Edition [GayCenter.org]

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My partner and I will be attending the Toronto Dyke March on Saturday and the Toronto Pride Parade on Sunday. We will be meeting up and watching the Parade with a friend who was thrown out of her house back in the sixties because she was outed to her parents by a friend. She spent most of her teenage years raising herself. She did a great job, but the internal scars left from those years still show sometimes. Thank you my friend and thank you to all who worked and suffered so that we can be ourselves without fear today. We still have a ways to go, but this weekend is also a time to remember who got us to where we are today. Thank You!

Posted by: Fiona | Jun 26, 2008 9:38:15 AM

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