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June 30, 2019

Join the Queer Liberation march and rally in New York City!

type: NGO, Protest
by: Yair Oded

On June 29th, the queer community commemorated the 50-year anniversary to the Stonewall riots, which were pivotal in sparking the queer rights movement.

In celebration of the anniversary, New York City is hosting World Pride - which contains of a series of events, concerts, and parades over the weekend. 

While celebration of queer people is important, and the rising popularity of Pride has granted a considerable amount of visibility to the LGBTQ community, it seems that the lines between support of queer rights and capitalist greed have been blurred during the past month, as virtually every business,- including major clothing brands, banks, and even airlines - sought to hitch a ride on the trendy rainbow wagon.

Various activists, queer public figures, and NGO’s have attempted to protest the capitalization of the LGBTQ agenda. One such group is the Reclaim Pride Coalition, a non-profit group which will be holding a march in commemoration of the Stonewall riots at exactly the same time the main NYC Pride Parade will be making its way through the city.

Unlike the main pride parade, however, Reclaim Pride’s Queer Liberation march does not accept any corporate donation and will not include police presence. 

In a statement posted on their website, the organizers of the march state:

“We March in our communities’ tradition of resistance against police, state, and societal oppression, a tradition that is epitomized and symbolized by the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. We March against the exploitation of our communities for profit and against corporate and state pinkwashing, as displayed in Pride celebrations worldwide, including the NYC Pride Parade. We March in opposition to transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, bigotry based on religious affiliation, classism, ableism, audism, ageism, all other forms of oppression, and the violence that accompanies them in the U.S. and globally.”

Please visit Reclaim Pride’s website for more information about the march and its scheduled itinerary. 

Image credit: Rolling Stone