Why the LGBTQ community sidelined police for Pride

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05/29/2021

The 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn, the famed gay bar in New York City, was no different than many others before it. For decades, before and after the riots, some law enforcement officers and agencies targeted known LGBTQ-friendly establishments in an effort to shut them down, brutalize patrons, and arrest people who violated the homophobic and transphobic policies of the time, according to the National Park Foundation, an organization that focuses on U.S. history and education. The Stonewall Uprising of 1969, the culmination of days of protests and clashes with police, was the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement and is what NYC Pride commemorates each year. However, this June, the annual march will look slightly different — law enforcement officers won’t be marching in the parade for the first time since about 1981 and there will be a reduced police presence at the organization’s events. The ban will remain in place until 2025.

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