June 29, 2011
Celebrate, Advocate, Participate—Marching in New York City for LGBTI Rights
View the Pride March Slideshow We feel fortunate to exercise our right to free assembly without threat of violence and with the support of public officials. The NYC march was particularly special this year in the wake of the vote in favor of gay marriage in New York, by far the largest U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. Senator Chuck Schumer, who marched directly behind Human Rights First, received loud cheers of approval each time he declared to the crowd: “as goes New York, so goes the nation!” While Sen. Schumer will work to champion LGBTI rights in the U.S., we hope to use American foreign policy to advance human rights, including gay rights, across the globe. Elsewhere around the world, pride marches often turn violent, if they are allowed at all. LGBTI individuals face varying degrees of governmental and societal discrimination in many counties: Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Russia. fighting discrimination.