By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – From personal messages such “Love your true self” to the political insistence “We shall resist,” the World Pride Parade was a huge and colorful spectacle of the LGBTQ communities here with the support of political leaders and big businesses alike.
Over 100,000 attendees waving banners and carrying balloons on the lengthy Fifh Avenue marched under sweltering Summer heat that later poured in heavy rain on June 30, 2019. More people have taken the streets in celebration of the 50th year of the Stonewall Riot in lower Manhattan.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had named World Pride ambassadors to ensure visibility and participation of various ethnic communities here. Filipino-American Chelle Lhuillier was named one of the ambassadors and led Filipino contingents in the parade.
The LGBTQ communities have spiraled into a movement for equality in treatment and opportunities since the riot that ensued in 1967 involving police and gay people at the Stonewall Inn in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village. For this year, the marchers were visibly bigger in number than last year. From divergent races and economic backgrounds, the message of acceptance and loving yourself reverberates on 5th Avenue since that unfortunate riot 50 years ago at Stonewall.
(Featured photo: Filipina leaders Tessie dela Cruz and Laura Garcia (rightmost) of the Philippine Nurses Association join the contingent of Gov. Cuomo in the rally, along with Marilyn Abalos of the Filipino Reporter; Photos by Felix Manuel, Chelle Lhuillier, Tess dela Cruz, and Edmund Mercado)