Pandemic curtails most U.S. Pride events, but some march on

Elias Hubbard
June 30, 2020

Despite the cancelation of this year's Pride parade and official in-person events, Mother Nature had her own plans to pay tribute to the monumental anniversary by projecting a rainbow into the sky.

Taiwan hosted one of the few pride marches around the world on Sunday as the island's LGTBQ community and their supporters took to the streets. Local authorities and mainstream media were blasted for ignoring or even "encouraging" particular gatherings, while painting the rest as a risky breach of social distancing rules. Currently, there are only 50 people allowed to gather in places such as churches and theaters.

Online events replaced it under the slogan: "Postponed, but still united".

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted a message of support to the Global Pride event: "Be proud of yourself!" If you were not to live under a bedrock, you must already be knowing that June is officially celebrated as the Pride month worldwide.

Reclaim Pride Coalition, the group that organized the march, staged its first protest last year by walking in the opposite direction to New York City's marquee Pride parade, rejecting that event's large uniformed police presence and the ubiquitous corporate-sponsored floats that normally drift down Manhattan's 5th Avenue each year.

There will be protest, and rainbow flags and performances - it is LGBTQ Pride, after all.

On June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, fought back during a police raid, sparking days of sometimes violent demonstrations against harassment and giving birth to the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

They said they are both fed up with what's happening in the country. "We may be apart, but we are still united, as neighbours, as allies, and as one city".

Fronted by singer and drag queen Todrick Hall, known for his role on the American Idol talent show, it also featured stars such as Kesha and Ava Max.

"It's a great thing to see because the original Pride started with the civil rights movement", Matthew Fischer said as he passed out hand sanitizer Sunday at Foley Square.

Media coverage of the rise in infections, however, has focused nearly exclusively on those gathering at bars and beaches (as well as Trump rallies and anti-lockdown protests), while virtually ignoring the massive BLM marches as a potential factor. Though most of the celebration is virtual, that didn't stop some people for taking to the streets to march and rally.

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