While the past two weeks have certainly not been easy for the LGBT community, thousands of New Yorkers aren't going to let anything stop them from expressing their pride. For starters, it was announced yesterday that the Obama administration would officially designate the Stonewall Inn as a national monument dedicated to LGBT rights. And right now, thousands of New Yorkers are proudly marching through the streets in the official pride parade, which is reportedly the biggest one in history.
The 46th annual Pride March, which begins at 36th Street and ends at the iconic Stonewall Inn, boasts a record-breaking 32,000 marchers, making it the biggest one in history, am New York reports. As per usual, marchers are sporting bright colorful garb and waving rainbow flags as they show the rest of the world that their pride will not be extinguished. The owner of Pulse night club, Barbara Poma, and its manager, Neema Bahrami, rode on the lead float as guests of honor.
The march officially kicked off at around noon following a moment of silence for the victims of Orlando. Some marchers carried out a sitting protest, demanding stricter gun control following the shooting at Pulse night club.
The grand marshals for this year's parade include Jazz Jennings, a 15-year-old transgender activist and founder of the Trans Kids Purple Rainbow Foundation; Cecilia Chung, an HIV/AIDS awareness advocate; Subhi Nahas, a cofounder of the first LGBT magazine in Syria; and more.
Happy Pride, everyone.