Some marchers in New York City’s Pride parade took Pride back to its roots, using it as a platform for protest.
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A dozen people were arrested in front of the Stonewall Inn Sunday afternoon for disorderly conduct after sitting down and locking arms, blocking the parade’s path. The protesters were part of “No Justice No Peace,” which describes itself as a “Local coalition of queer and trans folks working to end the LGBT movement’s complicity with systems that oppress.”
Marching with a banner that read “There Are No Queer Friendly Cops” and chanting things like “Stonewall was a riot, queers don’t deny it,” the group’s message was clear all along the parade route. Whether it was planned or not, the group’s message was given further poignancy by its placement in the parade, right behind a group of NYPD officers on bikes, and right in front of the NYPD marching band.