Rainbow of Supporters Color Streets of New York City Sunday for Gay Pride Parade

From New York to The Netherlands, from Connecticut to Ireland and beyond, gay pride supporters waved their rainbow flags high Sunday to celebrate Gay Pride Day 2014.

New York Police Department and the Gay Officers Action League. Photo credit: New York Police Department.
New York Police Department and the Gay Officers Action League. Photo credit: New York Police Department.
New York City Pride Week ended on a high note Sunday as over one million gay pride supporters colored the streets of New York City for the 2014 Gay Pride Parade.  

Groups across the globe held events during the month of June to bring to light the issues the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community faces and to celebrate how far they've come. Master Card encouraged participants in the Gay Pride Parade to Tweet using the hashtag #AcceptanceMatters to share their photos with the world.

In Ireland, the Dublin Pride Run 5K race was held by the LGBT-friendly Dublin Front Runners. In the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Canal Parade  included gay pride supporters floating boats down the canal, rainbow colors in full bloom. 

Locally, Mosaic of Westchester, a group whose mission is for the  full integration of LGBTQ Jews into Westchester Jewish life, marched for the first time in Sunday's parade.

Members of the New York Police Department and the Gay Officers Action League celebrated Sunday as well. Also included in the march was Dolores Nettles, the mother of 21-year-old Islan Nettles, a transgender woman who died in after being beaten to death in Harlem last year.

The VCS Gay Pride celebrations were held in Nyack earlier this month. Over 150 local non-profit agencies, community organizations, faith communities, municipalities and elected officials from across Rockland County and beyond, co-sponsored VCS Gay Pride Rockland

Southwest Connecticut's PFLAG group marched in the parade with supporters from the Norwalk Triangle Community Center cheering them on from the sidelines. Other events were held in Connecticut during the month of June including a Gay Pride Parade and block party at City Lights in Bridgeport and Pride in the Park, a festival held in Norwalk.

NYC Pride Week was celebrated June 21st-29th this year. The annual week-long series of events is produced by Heritage of Pride, a volunteer-run not-for-profit corporation that organizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Pride events in New York City. This year marked the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 when demonstrators protested, some violently, an early morning police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.

Kevin Barry July 01, 2014 at 08:01 AM
So they have a parade where they can flaunt their gayness. Why do they insist on pushing themselves on others and demand to be allowed to march under their own gay banner every St. Patrick's Day? Does this recent parade not give them an ample enough forum to let everyone know what they are or do they just want to agitate people. They are always allowed to march in the St. Patricks Day Parade, just not under their own banner, which in turn makes them become drama queens.
StandfortheLord July 01, 2014 at 08:12 AM
Bible clearly states that homosexuality is an abomination to the living God. Entire cities were destroyed by God to put an end to it. It is what it is. I'm here to remind people of that. That is, until my basic human right is taken away form me and I'm thrown into prison for speaking an opinion based on my faith in Christ and the word of God.
Honesty July 10, 2014 at 12:39 AM
@standforthelord Don't hide behind religion and say "its an abomination". That's so easy. You should admit to yourself that you hate homosexual people. Instead you hide behind religion to validate your hatred. Just to be clear - this makes you a bad person for hating an entire group of people. Homosexuals exist and they are not going anywhere. It sounds like you are afraid of them. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but please don't confuse "Christian" values or use to bible to justify being HOMOPHOBIC. @Tiffany C - I agree with everything you said.
Kevin Barry July 10, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Honesty, What about my comments? Do you agree with them?
Honesty July 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM
@kevin Barry why do you care what I think? It sounds like you have enough to worry about - policing parades.


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