On Sunday we were invited to ride along with the boys on W's Gay Pride Parade float—here are some photos that Dan Lurie took for us while marching along with them. (And even more photos of the event from readers!) This year's Grand Marshals were Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teen banished from her school's prom for being a lesbian; Lt. Dan Choi, an openly gay National Guardsman; and Judy Shepard, mother of hate crime victim Matthew Shepard. They were all joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Gov. David Paterson, along with thousands of others.
The Stonewall Riots—which occurred on June 28th, 1969—are generally considered the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. The first march was proposed later that year by Craig Rodwell, who stated: "We propose that a demonstration be held annually on the last Saturday in June in New York City to commemorate the 1969 spontaneous demonstrations on Christopher Street."