June 28 2020 – MANHATTAN, New York: Upward of 20,000 people came out for Black Lives Matter and to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, by marching in the Queer Liberation March. Chanting and dancing their way up 6th Avenue, the crowd, emblazoned in rainbow colors, endured the 90 degree heat and partied their way across Manhattan. “People like us are getting killed… that’s the importance of todays event,” one marcher said. “I came out here to support my people because I’m gay and I love it,” said Bebe, another marcher who broke away from the crowd at 8th street with a group of friends. A DJ in a parade float blasted music and handed out masks to the crowd. Huge puppets marched up the avenue including a sparkling and colorful statue of Marsha P. Johnson, the gay liberation activist, and pioneer of the trans movement, and one of several people known to be a major part of the pushback against police at the Stonewall Riot in 1969.
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