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.,
Produced by ‘The Argument’
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.
Mentioned in this episode:
The documentary “We Were Here” about the H.I.V./AIDS crisis in San Francisco
The podcast “Making Gay History“
The New York Daily News headline after the Stonewall uprising
The New York Times video “Pride March in New York Protests Police Brutality” showing the Queer Liberation March that gathered in Washington Square Park in 2020
(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)
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