Queer activists ‘reclaiming pride’ with rival march in New York

Organizers of the Queer Liberation March in New York (Photo: YouTube)

A coalition of more than 100 LGBTI groups is organizing a protest march on the same day as New York City Pride in June.

The Queer Liberation March will counter a pride parade they say has become too money-centric and will be devoid of police or corporate sponsors.

The ‘rebellion’ will commence at the Stonewall Inn in honor of the rebellion that took place 50 years ago, organizers told a press event on Tuesday (14 May).

It will also mimic the route of the first march in 1970, which covered 51 blocks from Christopher Street to Central Park.

A spokesperson for the Reclaim Pride Coalition said organizers were ‘offended’ by over-policing and corporate sponsors of NYC Pride.

He said this excluded the most marginalized members of the community.

‘We are reclaiming Pride by building this march and building a movement that rallies in the spirit of solidarity and coalition to fight back against corporate greed and state oppression,’ said Colin Ashley.

Ellen Shumsky, an original member of the Gay Liberation Front, said they had lost the feeling of the first march.

‘When I see the parade now — the Mardi Gras … and there’s all these commercial floats and advertisements, it’s a little bit upsetting and sickening’ she said.

WorldPride 2019

New York is the official host of WorldPride this year. Pride events span the whole month, culminating in the NYC Pride March on Sunday 30 June.

It will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

The counter-march, which is scheduled to end in a rally in Central Park, may well be the largest counter-demonstration to NYC Pride in history.

Ashley said they had approached organizers of NYC Pride to ‘return the march to the people’.

‘They couldn’t see it’ he told press at the launch event.

Author: Rik Glauert

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Quench your thirst as Bud Light launches rainbow bottles for World Pride

Bud Light first-ever rainbow bottle

Summery beer Bud Light is partnering with GLAAD to quench your thirst during Pride season.

Budweiser is launching its first-ever rainbow aluminium bottle to celebrate World Pride. Taking place in NYC, 2019 Pride will also mark 50 years since the Stonewall riots.

Bud Light x World Pride

The bottles will make their debut at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards this weekend in New York City. The new limited-edition bottles will then be available in bars across the US throughout the whole Pride month.

For every case of rainbow bottles sold during Pride season, Bud Light will donate $1 to GLAAD.

A 20-year partnership

‘Bud Light has been a supporter of the LGBTI community since the 80s and we are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with GLAAD by collaborating with them on this new commemorative bottle that celebrates the LGBTI community and everything GLAAD does to support it,’ said Andy Goeler, Vice President of Marketing for Bud Light.

‘The way we see it, our beer is for everyone to enjoy, so we are looking forward to seeing Pride bottles at bars throughout the month of June and beyond. With the release of these new bottles, we hope to create something that everyone can feel proud to hold during Pride month that also makes a positive impact for GLAAD’s initiatives and the LGBTI community overall.’

‘For twenty consecutive years, Bud Light has partnered with GLAAD in its mission to accelerate acceptance of LGBTI people,’ said Zeke Stokes, GLAAD Chief Programs Officer.

‘Bud Light stood with the community at a time when many brands did not, and their continued outspoken support sets the bar for other global brands.’

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Author: Stefania Sarrubba

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Be a Part of History By Volunteering for WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50

This summer, get ready to celebrate Pride like never before. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, NYC Pride is hosting WorldPride, the first time the massive international celebration has come to America in the event’s nearly 20 year history.

Iconic events like the NYC Pride March and PrideFest will be bigger and better than ever before, while the entire month of June will boast an array of events and activities in the city where the contemporary LGBTQ+ liberation movement began.

All that’s missing is you.

“I grew up in the midwest, not necessarily the most welcoming place for people who were different,” said Brian Heck, a fifth year Pride volunteer. “When I first came to New York and saw the march, I was really inspired by all the diversity I saw; I knew then that I wanted to save up money so I could move to New York.”


From cosplay to cinema, there are activities awaiting to please every stripe in the LGBTQ+ rainbow. In fact, WorldPride 2019 is themed “Millions of moments of Pride” celebrating the countless diverse experiences of our unique community.

“My first Pride was in 1998,” said 20-year Pride volunteer, Diana. “Other people have told me, ‘Diva, you did Pride in 1998, and you’re still doing it?’ I say ‘Well, it’s something that I like and I enjoy, so I’m going to continue doing it.’”

There are so many ways to be a part of WorldPride, but the most important way is to volunteer. This movement was started by LGBTQ+ people, and it’s the community that will continue this fight for acceptance, equality and dignity. With such a massive non-profit event coming together, volunteers are crucial part of WorldPride’s success.

“I wanted to be a volunteer, because this is how we bring that to the next generation,” said second-year volunteer Hannah Simpson. “To say this didn’t end 50 years ago, this just began.”

When volunteering with NYC Pride, there’s a chance to make real, significant input to the planning and execution of the largest Pride celebration in New York City’s history. Organizers work with volunteers to find a suitable assignment that leverages their temperament, experience and personal preference.

In addition to the satisfaction of being part of the history-making affair, volunteers have the chance to forge connections and support other members of the community. Long-lasting friendships are created between volunteers, and the experience is designed to re-energize the community. Volunteers are motivated by helping others, and they inspire the people they work with.

“It’s necessary for me to stand up and speak out and volunteer and inspire,” said first-year volunteer Keith Young. “It’s my purpose to help people.”

Volunteers have a unique opportunity to especially affect change with the younger generation.

If you’re interested in volunteering at WorldPride this summer visit nycpride.org/volunteer.

“People who want to help out and volunteer who are under 21, a lot of them do not have the support from their family, they’re not out, they’re looking for that sense of community,” Heck said. “We’re here to let them know that it’s ok, and they don’t have to go through this alone.”

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