Jun 27, 2020 - Politics & Policy

50th anniversary of first gay rights march in the U.S. marked with Black Lives Matter protest

A statue wears a face mask with rainbow flags behind it

Rainbow flags at New York City's Rockefeller Center on June 26. Photo: Gotham/Getty Images

After in-person celebrations for the 50th anniversary of New York City's annual pride parade were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, a march focused on the Black Lives Matter movement will take its place on Sunday.

Why it matters: New York's annual parade honors the first gay rights march in U.S. history, which started in 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall riots.

Catch up quick: NYCPride will livestream events to celebrate the parade Sunday at noon, as the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives — which says it has eschewed corporate funding and police participation — will also be held Sunday.

  • Participants in the march are encouraged to wear face masks and social distance.
  • The Queer Liberation march had originally cancelled its Sunday event, but organizers reversed the decision after George Floyd's killing, the New Yorker's Michael Schulman reports.

The big picture: Many Black Lives Matter protests have made it a point to call for justice for Black transgender people, who are on the receiving end of an inordinate amount of violence and discrimination.

Go deeper: A Radical Challenger to New York City’s Pride March (The New Yorker)

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