By David Kaufman. This article is part of our latest Pride special report , featuring L. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, which was held in New York City on June 28, We asked organizers, activists and participants to recollect the evolution of events around the world. Interviews have been condensed and edited for length and clarity.
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By Doree Lewak. Pride — with its messages of love, acceptance and self-expression — is a sham, according to conservative gay rights activist Brandon Straka. The event was to feature Straka and a panel of two gay men and a transgender woman talking about why they left the Democratic Party. He founded the WalkAway campaign, which encourages voters of all stripes to leave the Democratic Party, in May But once I started to change, a distance grew between us.
By Kate Sheehy. June 28, pm Updated June 28, pm. Hosts of the live-streamed event appeared from inside the Stonewall Inn in the Village, where the historic gay-rights riots started 51 years ago to the day. Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, appeared on Fifth Avenue as a series of decorated cars with balloons began slowly making their way downtown as part of the event, which was broadcast on various online platforms.
Charles Kaiser, author of The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America , wrote that in the era after World War II , "New York City became the literal gay metropolis for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from both within and without the United States: the place they chose to learn how to live openly, honestly and without shame. The Stonewall Inn, located at 51 and 53 Christopher Street , along with several other establishments in the city, was owned by the Genovese crime family. Once a week a police officer would collect envelopes of cash as a payoff; the Stonewall Inn had no liquor license. It was the only bar for gay men in New York City where dancing was allowed;  dancing was its main draw since its re-opening as a gay club.