NEW YORK CITY — The annual NYC Pride March has a new route that starts here at the church of the village – the birthplace of parents, families, and friends of lesbians and gays or P-flag.
Leading the march is Filipino-American Jennifer Baquial.
“This is still a march, it is not a parade, we are still fighting for total equality, we don’t have it, so we’ll continue to this,” said Baquial.
An estimated 2 million people came out to see the 49th annual LGBTQ+ Pride March from Greenwich Village to Midtown Manhattan.
The march commemorates the Stonewall Inn riots in the 1960’s that gave rise to the first gay civil rights march in 1970.
Over 484 groups with 50,000 marchers made their way in this year’s new route, including Filipino-American school principal Carl Vincent Manalo who made a high school in Queens a safe haven for young immigrants..
“To all of the students out there, we support you from the New York Department of Education, we love you,” said Manalo.
The march also recognizes the fight against HIV and aids and to remember those lost to illness, violence and neglect.
At the helm of APICHA LGBT Health Center since 1997 is Fil-Am Therese Rodiguez, who says, the White House’s failure to recognize Pride Month is hurtful to the LGBTQ+ community.
“It’s their loss, because as we keep inclusion, we’re adding and we’re generating positive energy,” said Rodriguez.
Local politicians and candidates also marched to show their support.
Next year’s Pride March is not just going to be bigger, but it will be historic, as Stonewall Inn — the birthplace of Pride marches — celebrate its 50th anniversary, and “World Pride” is coming home to NYC next June.