2021 Queer Liberation March in New York City.

Friday, June 11, 2021. New York City – The 2021 Queer Liberation March will be on Sunday, June 27, 2021. People will gather in Bryant Park at 2:30 PM. The march will step off at 3 PM. They will march from Bryant Park to Washington Square Park.

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Reclaim Pride Coalition says, “The 2021 Queer Liberation March is organized by volunteers, but planning a March for an estimated 50,000 people will always come with costs. If you donate to us, you’ll be helping to print banners and other beautiful pieces of art for folks at our March. You’ll also help to provide food, sanitizer, and masks to care for our community. Join us as we raise $40,000 in two weeks: http://reclaimpridenyc.org/donate.”

Free Palestine at Queer Liberation March NYC.

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid invites you to join the Free Palestine Contingent at Queer Liberation March 2021! June 27th at 2 PM, meet at BRYANT PARK LAWN @ the corner of 41st Street and 6th Avenue, New York City. Party first! Music, food, & speakers at 2 PM, step off at 3 PM.

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid say, “While LGBTI+ and queer people celebrate Pride, Palestinians are UNDER ATTACK for resisting 70+ years of Israeli settler colonial rule, apartheid and military occupation. Queer and straight Palestinians alike are arrested, harassed, assaulted, and killed by Israeli soldiers and colonizing settlers. Many of the weapons are US-made and funded. Palestinian queers have called for urgent global solidarity for political, social, and human liberation — and we’re bringing it!”

QAIA’s Calls to Action:
1. Palestinian and queer liberation are inseparable. Justice in & for Palestine is organically linked to gender and sexual justice.
2. We uphold Palestinians’ right to resist violence, harassment, ethnic cleansing, apartheid and the colonization of their land.
3. Zionism is racism because it means imperial nationalism, racial violence, settler colonialism, the theft of land by an ever-expanding country, and the erasure of whole peoples.
4. We support the Palestinian Right of Return.
5. We support conscientious objectors who refuse to be drafted into the service of the colonial, racist and occupying Zionist State.
6. End all US aid to Israel, in particular military aid, diplomatic cover, advocacy, and support of the Israeli arms and policing industry.
7. The Anti-Defamation League is not an ally to our movements — #DropTheADL.
8. End NYPD and “law enforcement” cooperation with the Israeli police, military, and tech sector – abolish the police, abolish the IDF.9. Support and join the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.
Organizations are invited to sign onto these demands by joining on the day and co-sponsoring! tinyurl.com/qlmpalestine.”

Press release by Reclaim Pride Coalition.

“The Reclaim Pride Coalition (RPC) will take to the streets on Sunday, June 27th to stage the third annual Queer Liberation March. As in 2019 and 2020, this is a People’s March with no regimented contingents, no corporate sponsors, and no NYPD control over decision making or uniformed police marching. The Queer Liberation March revives the goals and spirit of the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March in 1970, born out of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising: social justice, freedom, and access for all!

Over the last year, the larger Queer and Trans communities have endured extraordinary challenges and difficulties brought on by the pandemic and its economic fallout, continued violent attacks committed by the NYPD on peaceful protesters, murders of Black Trans Women, and the public expressions of anti-Trans bigotry and racism by alleged members of our communities, among many other issues of importance to our intersectional coalition.

“We must march and have our voices heard,” said James Papadopoulos, a march organizer, “The struggle for Queer Liberation cannot wait for the passing of the pandemic, as COVID-19 has made surviving even more difficult for far too many of our most marginalized community members.” As with the 2020 Queer Liberation March For Black Lives and Against Police Brutality, organizers will encourage marchers to wear masks and employ risk reduction strategies. Masks and sanitizer will also be provided at the gathering site and along the March route to keep this a safe event. Spare wheelchairs will also be carried along the March route to be utilized as needed. As with both prior marches, organizers pledge to make the March as accessible as possible: including ASL interpretation for all aspects, attention being paid to accessible subway stations near the gathering spot and end points, and street medics and marshals being positioned throughout the March.

In recognition of the extraordinary diversity of lived experience among our many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary, Gender Non-conforming (LGBTQIA2SNBGNC+) and other communities, RPC organizers have created an online form for folks around the city, the country, and the world to share their struggles, challenges, and needs to inform the planning and messaging for the March.

“This is the People’s March,” said organizer Francesca R. Barjon. “We want any and every member of our Queer and Trans family to guide the direction of this March, thereby creating an event that can make a true impact on our lives and our capacity to thrive!””

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“(NYPD), do not come near the Queer Liberation March this year.”

www.gaycitynews.com reports that “One year after folks were pepper-sprayed at the Queer Liberation March, the Reclaim Pride Coalition took to Christopher Park on June 3 to encourage police to lay off marchers at the group’s third annual march on June 27.

“Do not come near the Queer Liberation March this year,” said Jay W. Walker, an organizer from the Reclaim Pride Coalition. “You do not keep us safe. You cause violence every time you show up.”

Ann Northrop, a longtime LGBTQ activist and organizer of the Queer Liberation March, recollected the scene at last year’s Queer Liberation March.

“I saw the NYPD beating members from our march — peaceful marchers — with batons, spraying them with pepper spray, and of course the classic image of a cop pushing someone off a bicycle over into the street,” Northrop said. “We want the NYPD to be held accountable.””

Reclaim Pride Coalition (RPC) is a New York City-based group of LGBTQIA2S+ activists in alliance with dozens of grassroots community groups, nationally and internationally. RPC’s primary work is organizing the Queer Liberation March. In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, RPC mobilized more than 45,000 people to recreate the original 1970 Christopher Street Liberation Day March route uptown from Stonewall to Central Park. In 2020, under the darkness of the global pandemic, RPC held the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality. The QLM is the annual people’s protest march without corporate funding; corporate floats; politicians’ grandstanding; or police control or involvement.

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June 25, 2017. Manhattan, New York City - Pride March. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
June 25, 2017. Manhattan, New York City – Pride March. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

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