30th Annual Queens Pride Parade draws hundreds for celebration

6/6/2022 2:51:00 AM

The parade honors Julio Rivera, a gay man who was attacked and killed in Jackson Heights in 1990.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Jackson Heights with rainbow flags Sunday to celebrate Pride Month at the 30th Annual Queens Pride Parade. LeahMishkin reports.

The parade honors Julio Rivera, a gay man who was attacked and killed in Jackson Heights in 1990.

Jackson Heights with rainbow flags Sunday to celebrate Pride Month at the 30th Annual Queens Pride Parade.widespread outrage over his views against gay marriage and supposed support of Uganda’s anti-gay policies.Queens Pride Parade.Mayor Eric Adams was front and center at the Queens Pride Parade.

"It's an amazing day.We're all coming back together after two years, you know, since the pandemic," said David Kilmnick, president of the LGBT Network.“Mayor Adams’ only interests are his own, and prioritizing the needs of the policing and surveillance institutions in the city at the expense of investments into education, mental health, community health, and LGBTQ services.What organizers say is the biggest Pride event in Queens kicked off on 89th Street and 37th Avenue."I'm so proud to be here," said Daniel Dromm, the parade's founder and a former New York City Councilmember."We just want to show love," said Jeremiah Dormeus, who was marching with LaGuardia Community College.The City Council speaker also declined to comment at the parade when asked about Adams’ appearance, and a follow-up email wasn’t returned."It's important to show representation.The LGBT Network organized the 30th annual parade for Queens residents.

" There was music, dancing and marching, along with appearances from Mayor Eric Adams and other officials.The parade has become one of the most popular throughout the city.The parade is the second oldest and second-largest of its kind in New York City and was inaugurated in 1993 after Julio Rivera, a gay Puerto Rican bartender, was murdered in Jackson Heights by three men."We have to stand together to make sure that the LGBT community and the transgender community know that we all stand in unison," Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.The parade, started 30 years ago, honors Julio Rivera, a gay man who was attacked and killed in Jackson Heights in 1990.Some of the pride parade participants booed when the mayor appeared, including O.The street near where it happened has since been renamed for him.Advertisement.The parade route took participants to that location for a moment of silence in his honor., 31, who lives in Ridgewood and uses the pronoun they.And it is about a movement of people who are the most fierce and resilient communities one will ever encounter.

"When we break that silence, we will say never ever again," one speaker said."We need to be just as strong, to make sure that not one more LGBT person is a victim of hate crime, not one more LGBT person feels afraid to come out, no matter where they live, learn, work, play and pray," Kilmnick said.K."As an educator, to be able to stand in front of my students and to say, 'You all are welcome.Everyone is welcome.“I thought it was absolutely disgusting, nobody invited him, and it just put a really bad damper at the beginning of the parade for me to see him,” they said.' So important to represent that and also to march with them," said Jermaine Rowe, a theater professor at LaGuardia Community College.

"There are some kids home watching today who may not feel comfortable coming out," Kilmnick said.” For others, this was their first pride parade and it was a blast."Pride brings hope, Pride brings love, Pride brings community, and Pride brings a movement." "Respect us because we're just people," one participant said.“When I came here my friends started educating me and I started educating her,” Kelly said, pointing to her mom."We love you and we will always stand by you," New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams said.Pride Month.Ninety percent of my friends are LGBTQ, so I'm out here, supported, that's it.

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