Pandemic curtails most US Pride events, but some march on

  • Pandemic curtails most US Pride events, but some march on

Pandemic curtails most US Pride events, but some march on

The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of most in-person Pride events this year, but a march in Manhattan on Sunday drew thousands to the streets in solidarity with protesters demanding an end to racial injustice and police brutality.

A small but enthusiastic Pride march took to the streets of downtown Guelph late Sunday afternoon (June 28).

Ashabi Owagboriaye, one of the participants in the event, told ABC7 Chicago that "The reason the march is so important is to highlight those lives that we lost and highlight the people whose lives may not have been lost, but have been wrecked just because they exist openly". Currently, there are only 50 people allowed to gather in places such as churches and theaters. If you were not to live under a bedrock, you must already be knowing that June is officially celebrated as the Pride month worldwide.

There were protests, rainbow flags and performances - it was LGBTQ Pride, after all.

Some events were broadcast on the giant screen in Piccadilly Square and London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, tweeted his support.

In the United States, former president Barack Obama released a video message paying tribute to the gay New Yorkers who rioted at the Stonewall Inn in 1969, effectively launching the modern gay rights movement.

Organisers said around 5,000 people turned out to watch the scaled-down event.

They said they are both fed up with what's happening in the country.

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.

Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden issued his own message on video, in which he referred to a recent Supreme Court ruling reaffirming LGBT workers.

"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.

"I really want to take today as an opportunity to recognize that this is the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots", Ward said in reference to the sometimes violent demonstrations by gay activists in response to police violence in New York's Manhattan neighbourhood. There was also a smaller procession of rainbow-colored BMWs led by members of NYC's official Pride events, encouraging folks to stay safe while celebrating. Though most of the celebration is virtual, that didn't stop some people for taking to the streets to march and rally.