Whose Pride Is It Anyway?

The decision to bar uniformed police officers from Pride marches has drawn cheers — and criticism. A gay officer and a New York parade organizer talk through the fallout.,

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Whose Pride Is It Anyway?

The decision to bar uniformed police officers from Pride marches has drawn cheers — and criticism. A gay officer and a New York parade organizer talk through the fallout.

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June 9, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET

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It’s Pride Month, which means cities across the country will be having parades and other festivities, albeit scaled-down versions. In New York and several other cities, parade organizers have said uniformed police officers may not march as a group. Organizers say the move acknowledges that a Pride march isn’t just a celebration and that it began as a statement about police violence against L.G.B.T.Q. people at the Stonewall Inn.

This week, Jane Coaston speaks to Andre Thomas, a co-chair of NYC Pride, which organizes the parade, and Brian Downey, a New York Police Department detective and the president of the Gay Officers Action League.

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(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

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