Lesbian & Gay Pride New York (1987)

Lesbian and Gay Pride Marches were community affairs in the early days. There were no barriers between the viewers and the marchers. Often marchers would spot friends on the sidelines and stop to talk and watch the march for a while, rejoining the march when other friends or interesting groups passed by. Similarly, people who started out watching would spot friends and join the march. Thus there was a fluidity to the event and no clear distinction between observer and participant – everybody was part of the community. Also, as this was a community event, people marched as individuals or as members of community organizations or ad hoc groups (e.g., Fags Against Facial Hair). The only corporate floats repesented bars, not huge international corporations.

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00:37 David Laurence
01:01 Rap Groups (This is ambiguous. I’m not sure if they are AIDS rap groups or Lesbian and Gay Rap Groups. In any case, they were groups where people got together to talk about political and personal issues, not musical performers.)
01:04 SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environment)
01:23 Steve Ault
01:40 New Alliance Party
02:32 Ron Grunewald
02:38 Front Runners
02:56 David Feinberg
03:01 GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis)
03:20 AREA (American Run for the End of AIDS)
03:59 GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination)
04:00 Mark Fotopoulos
04:27 Aner Candelario
04:40 Patrick Gillis
05:26 PWAC (People with AIDS Coalition), Michael Callen, Michael Hirsch
07:21 David Laurence, Michael McMahon
07:42 Mace Anderson