Final preps underway for Pride events in Capital Region

June 07, 2019 12:39 PM

Fifty years ago this month, police in New York City raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. The gay community fought back for the first time and it proved a turning point for activism in the LGBTQ community.

"I do know what happened should not have happened," said current NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill on Thursday. "The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple."

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The rainbow flag, a symbol for the LGBTQ community, flies atop Albany's City Hall and over the state Capitol building.

On Thursday, May 30, a rainbow painted crosswalk that stretches over Central Avenue was unveiled, linking two area gay bars. This weekend, the Capital Region hosts its annual Pride Parade and festivals.

"People from the tri-state area [are] reaching out wanting to be a part of it," said Martha Harvey of Capital Pride.

On Saturday, the Black and Latino "Say it Loud" event at Washington Park. The second is Sunday. The Capital Pride parade is at noon followed by the main festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both events are free, but there will also be vendors in a festival that is only rivaled by Tulip Fest.

Leaders estimate that about 10 percent of the local population identify as LGBTQ or gender non-conforming. They say they still work on acceptance every day.

Last Sunday, Schenectady marked Pride Month with its 7th Pride Festival downtown. On Thursday, June 6, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden signed a proclamation marking Pride Month in the Collar City.


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