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Gay pride takes over New York City

Gay pride takes over New York City

NYC Pride Parade

A reporter with imagination, and skill, could easily compose a Heritage of Pride story and not leave the apartment.

Mention Dykes on Bikes, talk about all the cheers the parade’s grand marshals basked in (this year thespians Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen did the basking), list one mainstream politician waving to the people, refer to a fab drag queen’s catwalk down Fifth Avenue, and end up with an emotional quote from a mother who adores her gay son.

Wait. There’s one more thing:  breathless narration of a dude in shorts, working his precious booty to the music.

Unfortunately, I have neither imagination or skill, so once again trekked to the spot I’ve been going to since 2008 to cover the world’s most famous LGBTI parade.

No history lessons this year about why a bunch of LGBTI people, and allies, get together at the end of June to wreck the city’s traffic.

If you’re looking to be a historian, and you should, read David Carter’s Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution or Martin Duberman’s Stonewall.

This year is the first time I’ve understood the hysterics of our conservative brothers and sisters. LGBTI life is mainstream now. Companies such as  Chipotle Mexican Grill, Facebook, Master Card, Walmart, and Wells Fargo, proudly marched today.

They shilled their products and told the community how much pride they have in our pride.

This hurts people like Supreme Court Justice Antonin ‘go ask a hippie’ Scalia (go here to read Scalia’s dissenting opinion in last week’s marriage case).

There was a time when he, and others, could count on everyday anti-LGBTI revulsion. Those days are dwindling down. Instead businesses that serve every city and hamlet work hard for that pink money.

Even the stars in the today’s parade were  conventional. Darren Criss from Glee was on the Hetrick-Martin Institute float, and could have easily been missed (thanks to Junior at Juice with Junior for his famous person faculty of sight).

Hetrick-Martin offers supports services from LGBTQ eye people from 13 to 24. Make a little donation to the group if you can. Marriage is legal in all 50 states, but LGBTI teens are still having a rough time.

Criss has always earned love here at GSN, but it’s in the red zone now for such public support for our youngsters.

Lea DeLaria, Boo from Orange Is The New Black, was transported in a convertible.

LuAnn de Lesseps, from Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, threw sweet kisses to everyone.

Let’s leave the famous and focus on three people who might not get any the adulation, but their stories are part of the gay equality story.

The picture at the top of this article needs no explanation. A mother, far from a TV reporter’s questions, expressing love for her transgender son.

Lastly, Liz took the trek from New Jersey to be with her friends. Her T-shirt said it all: ‘Not gay but very supportive.’

Liz is a pride  professional. She’s been to at least four. Possibly five, but couldn’t remember.

When asked why she did it, her answer was easy and direct.

‘For friends and family.’

Maybe the organizers have next year’s motto.

Go to our Facebook page to see all of today’s pictures.