Pride and Progress
If I have the time, I’ll do a more thorough write up on my (first official!) visit to the NYC Pride Parade today, but one thing bears worth noting. The Stonewall Inn, where a police raid set off a string of riots in 1969 that most attribute to the start of the gay liberation movement in the US, had a police barricade surrounding it so that members of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau could help organize an orderly line of patrons seemingly at the bar’s behest. I would call that a huge sign of progress and definitely something for many folks to be proud of.
(Note: It is entirely possible that this has been a regular occurrence for some time now, which would really make it all the more noteworthy.)