Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Court Ruling
Associated Press -- AOL Update Email | 06/29/03 22:10 EDT | Terence Chea

Posted on 06/29/2003 8:33:41 PM PDT by PhiKapMom

Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Court Ruling

By TERENCE CHEA
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Sunday for Gay Pride parades, energized by the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down laws against sodomy and a decision by Canada to allow gay marriage.

In New York, Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco and other cities, revelers marched, danced and carried banners congratulating the Supreme Court for its landmark ruling as rainbow flag-waving crowds lined the streets.

``There's such a resonance, such a sense of movement,'' said Marty Downs, a community organizer with the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. ``This year, it feels really political.''

Even before the ruling Thursday that struck down a Texas law banning sodomy, the committee that puts on San Francisco's massive parade, one of the best-attended events in the state, had decided to infuse this year's festivities with a more activist bent.

``We got a couple of breaks in the last few weeks, with Canada legalizing gay marriage and now the Supreme Court,'' said Supervisor Tom Ammiano, one of two candidates vying to become San Francisco's first gay mayor this year. ``It looks like Sandra Day O'Connor watching `Will & Grace' really paid off.''

Despite this year's historic backdrop, the events in cities around the country maintained their colorful, Carnaval-like atmosphere. They featured naked cyclists, fluffy pink boas and floats swaying with singing drag queens.

As in years past, the lesbian motorcycle group Dykes on Bikes got the San Francisco parade off to a roaring start with hundreds of leather-clad and topless women astride motorcycles.

``It's a big party,'' said Jeffrey Sykes, 37, who has attended at least 10 Gay Pride parades in San Francisco. ``It's a chance to let it all hang out and celebrate who we are.''

The parade's theme was ``You Gotta Give Them Hope,'' a campaign slogan that belonged to San Francisco's first openly gay city supervisor, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone 25 years ago this November.

The SF Pride Committee also used the occasion to encourage people to lobby the state Senate to vote for pending legislation that would grant gay couples most of the same legal and financial benefits as married heterosexuals. Police would give no crowd estimates.

As they basked in the Supreme Court decision, many participants said they looked forward to a new era of equality and respect.

``We're all together, one family,'' said Armando Gonzalez, 21, of Issaquah, Wash., who took part in Seattle's parade as a member of a youth choir made up of both gay and straight singers. ``There are no barriers.''

On June 10, an Ontario appeals court ruled as unconstitutional Canada's definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman - paving the way for legalized gay unions there.

Then last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made its 6-3 decision that apparently swept away laws in a dozen states banning oral and anal sex for everyone, or for homosexuals in particular.

Both supporters and critics of the decision were quick to suggest it could lead to other legal advances for gays and lesbians - including the right to gay marriage - and organizers said a feeling of hope would carry over to the marches and celebrations this weekend.

Chicago's parade drew between 375,000 and 400,000 people, according to parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer. Organizers of the Atlanta Pride Festival, now in its 33rd year, said they expected a crowd of 300,000, the largest in the parade's history. The ruling was cited as a factor in the big turnout.

``You couldn't ask for a better reason to come out and celebrate,'' said Philip Rafshoon, owner of Outwrite Bookstore in Atlanta's traditionally gay Midtown neighborhood. ``A lot of people think (gay sex is) immoral. And, unfortunately for them, it's not illegal anymore.''

One participant in the St. Louis PrideFest said this year's parade seemed more vibrant, more celebratory than previous years. She attributed the large crowd in part to the Supreme Court ruling, but that wasn't all.

``We're becoming more comfortable in our own skin,'' said Robin Hanson, 41, a doctoral candidate at Saint Louis University. ``I've been 'out' for 20 years and there have been a lot of changes in acceptance since then.''

St. Louis police had no crowd estimates, but organizers predicted as many as 15,000 to 50,000 would attend the weekend of activities.

Speaking through a megaphone at the New York parade, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, took note of how much the political landscape for gays and lesbians had changed with a few short days.

``Let's hear it for gay pride,'' Schumer shouted. ``Let's even hear it for the Supreme Court - who ever thought we'd say that!''

06/29/03 22:10 EDT


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: activistcourt; activistsupremecourt; culturewar; downourthroats; dykesonbikes; gay; gaypride; gayprideparades; hedonism; homosexualagenda; lawrencevtexas; libertines; samesexdisorder; samesexmarriages; schumer; toplessinpublic
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-80 ... 101-106 next last
Will post link as soon as the story is up on the AP wire news sites! Right now the old story is up from NY and SF and doesn't mention Schumer like this one does in the last two paragraphs!
1 posted on 06/29/2003 8:33:42 PM PDT by PhiKapMom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Brandonmark; Alex P. Keaton; MeeknMing; JohnHuang2; Dog Gone; Dog; isthisnickcool; OKSooner; VOA; ..
Here is the link:

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/G/GAY_PRIDE_PARADE?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=US&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Looks like Schumer in NY has lined up with the Gay community big time on this issue! Could become a really nasty campaign in NY and elsewhere with all of these rulings!
2 posted on 06/29/2003 8:37:09 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PhiKapMom
We're becoming more comfortable in our own sin.....
3 posted on 06/29/2003 8:37:33 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PhiKapMom
We're all together, one family,'' said Armando Gonzalez, 21, of Issaquah, Wash., who took part in Seattle's parade as a member of a youth choir made up of both gay and straight singers. ``There are no barriers.''
This is what I'm afraid of... And once again, another doozy from MY state. :(
4 posted on 06/29/2003 8:39:19 PM PDT by Libertina (FR - roaches check in, but they don't check out....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lijahsbubbe
That works for me!
5 posted on 06/29/2003 8:40:57 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: PhiKapMom
CAPTION Chuckie Schumer at NYC Gay Parade
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/937802/posts
6 posted on 06/29/2003 8:41:28 PM PDT by finnman69 (!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PhiKapMom
``We're becoming more comfortable in our own skin,'' said Robin Hanson, 41,

Problem is .. I don't want to see it

7 posted on 06/29/2003 8:42:02 PM PDT by Mo1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libertina
Why are there even gay people?
Seriously.
Is there a temptation there?
Is is a genetic disorder of something?
8 posted on 06/29/2003 8:42:21 PM PDT by Salamjohn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Libertina
There are not barriers really bothered me as well! I have a feeling this is going to turn into one large campaign issue and get really nasty from the left.

Can you imagine if Dean gets the nomination for the RATS?
9 posted on 06/29/2003 8:42:37 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: PhiKapMom
``Let's hear it for gay pride,'' Schumer shouted. ``

Let's hear it for gay homosexual and lesbian pride sex, is what Schumer is saying.

10 posted on 06/29/2003 8:43:57 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mo1
This is getting to be a habit -- items breaking later in the evening!

I don't want to see them either!
11 posted on 06/29/2003 8:46:20 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: PhiKapMom
Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Court Ruling

Should read:

Sex Parades Celebrate Court Ruling

12 posted on 06/29/2003 8:46:41 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: finnman69
Thank you! I was hoping you would post that link! This was the first article from AP that actually mentioned him that I could find!
13 posted on 06/29/2003 8:47:12 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Lijahsbubbe
I always did resent them co-opting the word "Gay" for their own use!
14 posted on 06/29/2003 8:47:55 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Salamjohn
Most probably a combination of both. If it were clearly one or the other, researchers would've near certainly figured that out by now..
15 posted on 06/29/2003 8:49:28 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Salamjohn
Why are there even gay people? They are sinners, like you and I.
Seriously. So am I
Is there a temptation there? Yes, but not for me
Is is a genetic disorder of something? Could be, or they could just be lacking in knowing the true love that Jesus Christ has for them...

Either way, this behavior has been warned to us in the Bible (where right is wrong, and wrong is right) and it is not suprising. I guess we can all be happy that it means Jesus is that much closer to returning. The recent Supreme Court ruling for sodomy and affirmative action is even more proof.

Those rolling their eyes at my post... Sorry you feel that way, but its amazing how these current events is desribed in the Bible.
16 posted on 06/29/2003 8:52:06 PM PDT by smith288 (We are but a moon, reflecting the light of the Son.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Salamjohn
I don't think it's a temptation everyone fights -- most straight people I know have never been tempted/felt attracted to others of our gender...and the gay people I know have never been tempted/attracted to the opposite sex. It's a mystery....
17 posted on 06/29/2003 8:53:24 PM PDT by ellery
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: PhiKapMom
This is getting to be a habit -- items breaking later in the evening!

Yep .. they sure do have a habit of this

18 posted on 06/29/2003 8:53:57 PM PDT by Mo1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: PhiKapMom
It's all about sex, why should anyone have to hear it? They try to make it sound innocuous by calling it 'gay'.
19 posted on 06/29/2003 8:54:24 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Salamjohn
More like a psychological or emotional disorder brought on by molestation, lack of bonding with one's same sex parent or severe rejection.
20 posted on 06/29/2003 8:54:43 PM PDT by Ol' Sparky
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-80 ... 101-106 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson