UPDATED on 6/25/2018. 10:36PM.
Sunday, June 24, 2018. New York City – New Yorkers celebrated the biggest Pride March in the United States of America. This year, the March celebrated 49 years. In 2019, it will be the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. 49 years ago, Transgender people and others in the LGBTQ community and their allies said: Enough police raids. Enough arrests. Enough humiliation. Enough harassment. Enough homophobia. FUCK THE POLICE!
2018 NYC Pride Grand Marshals:
Kenita Placide is Outright Action International’s Caribbean-based Advisor and the Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality(ECADE). She has advocated around HIV and human rights inclusive of women, youth and LGBTI issues, for over 12 years and has worn many hats to bring attention and funding to the smaller islands in the eastern part of the Caribbean. A runner-up for the LGBT Intergroup’s GO Visible Award in 2012, she is the mind behind the planning and implementing of many Caribbean sub-regional sessions.
Founded in 1973 (celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2018!), Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission to achieve the full recognition of the civil rights of the LGBTQ community and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Lambda Legal takes on the cases that have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing our rights. Lambda Legal is a proud leader in the LGBTQ resistance movement and has taken on the Trump Administration head on, one of the most hostile administrations to our community.
Tyler Ford is an award-winning agender advocate, writer, and speaker, whose creative and critical writing on queer and trans identity inspires, comforts, and challenges a diverse spectrum of audiences. Tyler is the editor at Condé Nast’s them.
Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the co-founder of World TeamTennis. She has long been a champion for social change and equality. King created new inroads for men and women in sports and beyond during her legendary career and she continues to make her mark today.
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Cynthia Nixon was one of the thousands of people that marched this year. Cynthia is Lesbian and has a Transgender son.
According to her website CynthiaForNewYork.com, “Cynthia Nixon is a lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate who is running for governor to fight for a better, more equal New York. Cynthia hasn’t been bought and paid for by corporate interests, and won’t be accepting any corporate contributions in this campaign.
For the last 17 years, Cynthia has been fighting for better schools and more equitable education funding all across the state, including as a spokesperson and organizer for the Alliance for Quality Education, which helped to reverse hundreds of million in education budget cuts. Cynthia has traveled the state, met with legislators, and spoken out in Albany on numerous occasions to demand that public schools in every district get the resources they need, regardless of income level. For her work promoting educational and racial justice in New York state, she was honored at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s Triumph Awards.
A lifelong Democrat, Cynthia is a well-known, outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. In 2010, Cynthia helped create Fight Back New York, an effort to remove state Senators opposed to same-sex marriage. The campaign ultimately raised $800,000 and helped elect three new Senators in support of marriage equality. Cynthia worked with the Empire State Pride Agenda to fight for marriage equality in New York state, and traveled around the country to support similar efforts in Maryland, Washington, and New Jersey. In 2010, GLAAD honored Cynthia with the Vito Russo Award, given to an LGBT figure in the media “who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community”.
Cynthia has also pushed for women’s reproductive rights, including representing Planned Parenthood in Albany to advocate for the full Women’s Equality Agenda, including the right to choose. A breast cancer survivor, Cynthia has been a spokesperson educating women about the importance of early detection and being proactive about seeking treatment.”
If Cynthia wins, she would be the first woman governor of New York State. People were very happy to see Cynthia. Go to CynthiaForNewYork.com to learn more about her.
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