Manhattan, New York City – Rainbow flags, loud music, closed roads, chill vibe, and happy strangers. Roughly 2 million people were at 5th Avenue to watch beautiful floats filled with unicorn and rainbows. Thousands of marchers gave away some merch with hashtags #nycpride. Lotsa people got involved; politicians, celebrities, popular brands, non-profits organizations, and the like.
Everybody was in full swing in the celebration of the diversity of LGBT culture. Geared up in their fabulous costumes, glitters, makeup, and everything nice. The theme was “Defiantly Different”. Strong words with nice descriptions, it reminded me that we should be proud and celebrate our individuality and differences no matter who we are.
The 2018 Pride march was led by the tennis legend Billie Jean King and the transgender advocate Tyler Ford. It was a celebration and a protest against anti-LGBT policies promoted by President Donald Trump. Thousands of marchers in a rainbow outfit joined the gay movement to remove sexual or gender discrimination.
Everybody we’re making a statement. I saw some people carrying slogans with phrases like, “Black and brown and trans lives matter” and “No more guns.” I believe that everybody wants to feel accepted and welcome no matter what they identify as; race, gender, everything.
My friend and I went up to a street vendor and bought a rainbow scarf. I asked her, “Business’ good?” she smiled and said Pride march was good for business. She has a belt bag filled with cash. “Mucho dinero!”
We walked up to the 5th avenue and look for a spot where we could get a good view of the floats. We were fortunate enough to be upfront and close to the police so I was able to take a few photographs. The pictures I took got a thousand likes on my Instagram account, but due to exposed nipples, Instagram took it down. Oh well!
As a first-time visitor of New York City LGBT Pride March and I can honestly say that it’s delightful to see the love and support of everybody for the LGBT community. The message was loud and clear, “Love is all we need”. It’s nice to see queer couples out in the world in this magical city. This celebration is probably the coolest parade I’ve ever witnessed.
Coming out at any age can be awkward and scary, it’s just not easy. Being true to yourself and to people around you is bold and courageous. There’s no need to pretend because the people who truly love you will accept you no matter what. Take the time to consider your own personal circumstances, once you made the decision to tell people close to you that you’re lesbian, gay or bisexual. Your safety and wellbeing should always come first.
Don’t forget to reach out if you need help. There’s a bunch of LGBT community organizations you can talk to for extra support. Check them out on the links below: