New York’s Pride March Bans Police Officers From Marching


One of the oldest celebrations of the LGBTQ community in the world has been New York City’s annual Pride celebration. The parade began 51 years ago and has long been a symbol of the strength, defiance, and pride of this community. The whole idea was to show the full spectrum of LGBTQ influence, participation, and expression in our society. This year, however, activists have decided to discriminate against one group: police officers. In a parade that was found to reject discrimination in every form, the organizers have told the Gay Officers Action League and other such groups that they will not be allowed to march. Their presence is viewed as a threat to others in the parade and a denial of a “safe space” for LGBTQ members. It is hard to imagine a more antithetical position for the parade in excluding officers who are part of the community and who want to publicly stand with other LGBTQ members.

The organizers have announced that police and corrections officers will be barred from participating in the parade until at least 2025.  They declared “The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason.”

The Gay Officers Action League, an organization of L.G.B.T.Q. police, denounced the decision on Friday night. In addition, the NYPD is being asked to remain at least a block away from all events to ensure a safe environment for participants.

Activists have long opposed police participation and cite the anti-police riot  outside the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. However, the police participants have marched to show that the NYPD does not just support the LGBTQ community but includes officers from the community. It is the very rejection of the image of the Stonewall Inn riot and a testament to the progress made not just by the LGBTQ community but the NYPD.

Nevertheless, Beverly Tillery, the executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project insists that “[t]he issue is, how do we make Pride safe for the people who feel the most marginalized and have often been left out of the conversations about how Pride is run?”

It is a terrible setback and insult for officers and their predecessors, who had to sue for the right to march in uniform and did so for the first time in 1996. They have fought to diversify the ranks of the NYPD and show that there are officers not just supportive but part of the LGBTQ community. That would seem an incredibly powerful and reassuring message to send to community members. The growing numbers each year showed the progress that has been achieved since 1978 when New York City mayor Ed Koch banned discrimination in police hiring on the basis of sexual orientation (over the objection of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association).

On November 2, 1969, Craig Rodwell, Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy and Linda Rhodes called for an annual march  for all “Homophile organizations.” The march was envisioned as a statement against exclusionary limits of every kind for members of the community:

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 and this demonstration be called CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY. No dress or age regulations shall be made for this demonstration.

We also propose that we contact Homophile organizations throughout the country and suggest that they hold parallel demonstrations on that day. We propose a nationwide show of support.

GOAL is one such organization and shows how much has changed since this call for a unifying celebration of everyone within this community. It was created in 1982 and each year around 200 of its members and their families participated in the march. They have now been told that they are not welcomed as a perceived threat to their own community. I cannot think of a message more counter to traditions or values of the annual parade.  A movement based on inclusion has now embraced exclusion as a defining value.


83 thoughts on “New York’s Pride March Bans Police Officers From Marching”

  1. The Rainbow — a weird symbol to associate with human life — of inclusive exclusion: black, brown, partitioned remains of white, and, with social progress, the politically incongruent blue. One step forward, two steps backward.

  2. The American media is constantly throwing rocks at Netenyahu and Israel. They want another holocaust and the terrorists are seeking an atomic bomb yo take out Tell Aviv.
    The Hamas terrorists are firing hundreds of rockets into Israel daily.

    1. Lib2:

      “The Hamas terrorists are firing hundreds of rockets into Israel daily.”
      Maybe so but after the last few days of videos from there, calls of “Allah Akbar” seem to translate to: “Holy Shiite! The Israelis are kicking our arses again.”

        1. “Bernie Sanders: The U.S. Must Stop Being an Apologist for the Netanyahu Government”

          May 14, 2021

          “In the Middle East, where we provide nearly $4 billion a year in aid to Israel, we can no longer be apologists for the right-wing Netanyahu government and its undemocratic and racist behavior. We must change course and adopt an evenhanded approach, one that upholds and strengthens international law regarding the protection of civilians, as well as existing U.S. law holding that the provision of U.S. military aid must not enable human rights abuses.

          “This approach must recognize that Israel has the absolute right to live in peace and security, but so do the Palestinians. I strongly believe that the United States has a major role to play in helping Israelis and Palestinians to build that future. But if the United States is going to be a credible voice on human rights on the global stage, we must uphold international standards of human rights consistently, even when it’s politically difficult. We must recognize that Palestinian rights matter. Palestinian lives matter.”

          —- Bernie Sanders

          1. “We must recognize that Palestinian rights matter. Palestinian lives matter.”
            — Bernie Sanders
            You forgot Bernie’s title: Loon. Oh and Palestinian terrorists’ rights don’t matter.

          2. “The War That Shouldn’t Have Been”

            “Israel and Hamas had reached a pragmatic arrangement for years. How it was upended”

            Neri Zilber is a journalist covering Middle East politics

            May 13, 2021


            “When this latest round of violence ends – and it will surely end, whether in two days or two weeks or two months – nothing will have changed except the number of dead on both sides. The need for all those in the Holy Land to live together in peace will only have grown more acute.”

            1. ““The War That Shouldn’t Have Been””

              Like it or not, this is Biden’s war. Trump created peace and Biden has created war with ever increasing danger from Iran and the terrorism that Iran sponsors.

          3. Anonymous – do you know what that aid entails? A requirement to buy from the US

            When the Romans put down a Jewish rebellion, they referred to the region as “Palestine” as a means to punish them. It is based upon a reference to the Philistines, an extinct sea-faring culture.

            There never was a Palestinian country or language. The region was under the Ottoman Empire. The British Mandate sought to create a Jewish State as a solution to the Jewish diaspora. Antisemitism at the time was rampant and widespread. Hitler took this to a deadly new low.

            What is now known as Israel was sparsely populated under the Ottoman Empire. Arabs migrated there for the jobs under the British Mandate. “Palestinians” are just Arabs who live in Israel. However, themes of the Quran is conquest and antisemitism. Having put the Middle East to the Sword and forcibly converting it to majority Muslim, Arabs are not going to accept a non-Muslim, let alone a Jewish state in the region, not even if it was 10 feet square. This is why they will never stop fighting.

            The Muslim Arabs actually were already granted the majority of land in the region. They got Jordan. The Jews got the teeny, tiny country of Israel.

            Israel has repeatedly offered the Palestinians land for peace. Just about anything for peace. But they won’t accept it because their goal is the annihilation of Israel, death to Jewish people, and returning it to Muslim control so that human rights abuses can go on apace with the rest of the region.

            Dennis Prager said it best, although I may quote him imperfectly: “If Palestinians threw down their weapons, and said, ‘We will fight no more’, what would happen? There would be peace. If Jews threw down their weapons, and said, ‘We will fight no more,’ what would happen? They would be annihilated.”

            You are to consider that antisemitism is so violent and pervasive in the Middle East that Iran begins elementary school every day chanting, “Death to America! Death to Israel!” They even had stamps with bloody and burning Stars of David. Saudi Arabia made it illegal for a Jew to set foot in their country. It was an historical event when President Trump induced Saudi Arabia to accept his Jewish family members to accompany him on a trip to the country.

            Israel warns people ahead of time to evacuate targets, to minimize civilian casualties. Hamas deliberately targets Jewish civilians, trying to kill as many Jewish men, women, and children as possible.

            When Palestinians took control of Jewish holy sites, they barred Jews from worshipping there. When Jewish people took control of Muslim holy sites, they allowed Muslims to pray there.

            There is no comparison between the behavior of Palestine and Israel. Anyone who thinks Palestine is an “apartheid state” needs to investigate the matter further. There are Arab members of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. How can they explain Israel’s repeated offers of land for peace being refused by the Palestinians? Perhaps they should start questioning the matter.

            The more you know…


            Overview of US aid to Israel:


            1. “Untold story of US aid to Israel”



              The list is endless, though most of this money is not included in the official US aid packages to Israel and, therefore, receives little scrutiny, let alone media coverage.

              As of February 2019, the US has withheld all funds to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, in addition to cutting aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees, the last lifeline providing basic education and health services to millions of displaced people.

              Judging by its legacy of support for the Israeli military machine and the colonial expansion in the West Bank, Washington insists on serving as Israel’s main benefactor, if not direct partner, while shunning Palestinians altogether. Expecting the US to play a constructive role in achieving a just peace in Palestine shows not only indefensible naivety but also wilful ignorance.

              –Ramzt Baroud

              Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of five books, the latest being “These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons” (Clarity Press, Atlanta). Twitter: @RamzyBaroud

              1. Anonymous the Stupid, the US gave to Israel and to enemies of Israel. Most of the money given to Israel goes back to the US. That is part of the deal Israel buys weapons from the US. Israel also does a lot of engineering on US aircraft and supplies the US the technology to improve our weapons.

                When the US gives money to Hamas, that money goes into private bank accounts, the purchase of missiles that are now being used to kill Israeli women and children, and to pay the families of martyrs an annual fee which is greater than the income of many. That is a wonderful deal you support pay families to get their children to become suicide bombers and as a side benefit name streets and parks after them.

                There is something wrong with your head.

                  1. Anonymous the Stupid, that is a spoof from someone that doesn’t know that Hamas surrounds themselves with children for protection and launches missiles from hospitals and schools.

                    Hamas also kills their young because about 20% of their missiles land on their own populated areas.

                    Biden will be credited with this war and maybe a few others. Are you getting your jollies off the deaths from both sides?

                    1. “Anonymous the Stupid, that is a spoof …”

                      Duh, Allanonymous. It’s from the Onion.

                    2. “Anonymous the Stupid, that is a spoof from someone that doesn’t know that Hamas surrounds themselves with children for protection and launches missiles from hospitals and schools.”

                      Anonymous the Stupid, you are the one that doesn’t know. Are you too stupid to understand?

                    3. Allanonymous the Stupid keeps flapping his gums, while lobbing baseless accusations.

        2. For those pretending to be against Israel claiming they are not anti-Semites.

          The ‘Israel Is a Monster for Bombing the Associated Press’ Office Building in Gaza’ Narrative Just Collapsed

          Uh, they did provide intelligence, just not to you people (via JPost):

          Israel shared intelligence with the US showing how Hamas operated inside the same building with the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera in Gaza, officials in Jerusalem said on Sunday.
          Officials in more than one government office confirmed that US President Joe Biden’s phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday was, in part, about the bombing of the building, and that Israel showed Biden and American officials the intelligence behind the action.
          “We showed them the smoking gun proving Hamas worked out of that building,” a source close to Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said. “I understand they found the explanation satisfactory.”
          The US was the only country to inquire about the IDF strike on the building, which the military said housed Hamas military intelligence offices, as well as AP and Al Jazeera, other news outlets, and other offices and apartments.
          Also, a former AP reporter noted that Hamas operated in and around the building back in 2014, which shreds the statement from AP’s CEO who said that he had no idea Hamas was around the building or something.

          1. I can’t decide which I like more–destroying ‘media’ offices and equipment or destroying Hamas.

            But, I don’t think I have to decide. They have been acting like alter egos for years.

            Let Israel finish the job.

            1. Anonymous the Stupid, the lines and headline should be enough to tell one it’s a quote. Never-the-less, I need to remember that there are some dumb people on the blog like you that need things spelled out.

              Too bad. I don’t expect you to understand the written word without someone interpreting it for you.

      1. “But What About Hamas’s Rockets?”

        “We must be clear: What started this immediate horror was the intensification of Israel’s ethnic-cleansing campaign against Palestinians in East Jerusalem.”

        by Jeremy Scahill


        Anyone who asks “But what about Hamas’s rockets?” has a moral obligation to put themselves in the shoes of the Palestinians of Gaza and do some very serious soul-searching.

        What is my personal view? I would hope that if I lived in an open-air prison where my family and neighbors were being murdered, my humanity being erased by a powerful nation backed by the most powerful government on Earth, that I would find the moral strength not to fire rockets at the civilians of the country whose government wants me dead and repeatedly attempts to murder me. But I cannot state with certainty that I would not resort to such a response if I lived, as the people of Gaza do, trapped in a killing cage. I do not want civilians killed because of the crimes of their government, even if they cheer on my attempted murder. At the same time, this is not my reality, and I have no right to judge the tactics used by the oppressed, particularly when the terror against them is being financed and openly supported by both Democrats and Republicans alike in what has long been official U.S. policy.

        There are Palestinian activists and citizens who have spoken out against Hamas and made the case that its actions hurt the Palestinian cause of liberation and aid the propaganda campaign waged by Israel and its powerful allies. These voices must be heard, for they have the absolute moral right to decide the tactics of their resistance because they live with its consequences. But Western journalists, analysts, politicians, and commentators who obsess exclusively over Hamas’s actions while ignoring, minimizing, or justifying the overwhelmingly disproportionate bombardment and displacement being waged by Israel are playing defense for the war crimes of a nation state against a destitute and abused population.

        –Jeremy Scahill

        1. “Israel’s ethnic-cleansing campaign “

          Total BS. For the past 100 years, there has been fighting over certain ownership in Jerusalem properties. I think the case referred to has to do with 8 families.

          When Jordan took over that area, illegally, it removed Jews from their homes and replaced them with Arab families. In 1967 Israel won the land back and the Jewish families sued because their property was taken illegally. This issue has been in court for about 50 years and the courts decided those 8 families should pay rent. They didn’t.

          Some stupid people wish to say that that is what the war is all about. Alternatively, some stupid people call it ethnic cleansing. Jews were ethnically cleansed from the Arab nations by force where their property was stolen. Whomever this anonymous is can remain stupid even though I believe this anonymous has a name and has promoted this type of garbage before.

          Today, some Arabs feel that the area wasn’t made Juden Free even though segments of the population worked with Hitler to exterminate the Jews. What they want is the Jews gone from the Middle East. Totally wrongheaded but anti-Semites are always willing to agree and push lies.

          Let’s remember many of these terrorists belonging to Hamas are the descendants of those that were thrown out of Jordan and Egypt. We didn’t hear the anti-Semites talking about ethnic cleansing then. That only came up now because they take every opportunity they can to promote anti-Semitism.

        2. jeremy scahill

          “As president, Joe Biden can no longer credibly claim to support a two state solution & pay lip service to opposing settlements while simultaneously giving a shield of impunity to Israel’s crimes.

          “For decades, Biden has defended Israel’s worst atrocities.”

          Video via the above, link.

          1. ““As president, Joe Biden can no longer credibly claim to support a two state solution “

            But Biden can take credit for starting the war.

            We might also give him credit should Iran produce and use nuclear weapons.

            One has to ask does he deserve a Nobel Peace Prize like Obama? It seems that that is what Obama was given the Peace Prize for. Creating instability, providing a path for Iranian nuclear weapons and war.

        3. “. . . the overwhelmingly disproportionate bombardment . . .”

          “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.” (The Untouchables)

        4. Funny, isn’t it, that when occupiers of Gaza and the West Bank have serious medical problems they manage to set their endless grievances aside and go to Israel for medical treatment which, in fact, they often receive.

          I recall an instance of a young woman who was badly burnt by her stove in Gaza and went to Israel for tender and extended medical treatment. Almost fully healed she returned for one of her last few visits with bombs strapped under her clothing. She was going to murder the doctors and nurses who had cared for her. Thank God she was caught before she could kill. I have no sympathy or mercy left in me for a people who can commit such acts, and they do them regularly.

    2. Lib, you are correct. Let’s go over the history. No President has ever succeeded in making peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Wait, one President did, Trump.

      When Trump put the American Embassy in Jerusalem the left said that would surely create a war. Were they right? No. Trump acted and there was no war. In fact, throughout Trump’s administration, there was relative peace between Israel and its neighbors including the Palestinians.

      A wonderful thing was created by Trump, without any Democrat support or significant praise after significant success

      Fast Forward to Biden. It’s now about 4 months into his administration and Biden resumed paying the Palestinians to commit murder and act as terrorists. He funded Iran with billions based on the money Iran took in due to the reduction in sanctions. Iran supplied terrorists, money, arms, and missiles.

      Biden has succeeded in single-handedly starting a war in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians causing many deaths. He has negatively impacted the peace with Israel and its Arab partners. He has increased the chance of major war in the Middle East and potentially a war where nukes are used.

      That is the Biden the left put into power. A total failure in that area and virtually every other area he has dealt with. Only praise for Biden from the left and hate of Trump because Trump succeeded where the left failed.

      1. I should add that the news reports are slanted. They talk about deaths and the deaths of children. Two points need be made.

        1) The lives of women and children are purposely put in danger since the Hamas places their missiles and surround them with women and children. They place missiles in schools and hospitals. Israel tries to spare lives, Palestinian terrorists like to use young lives as cannon fodder.

        2) The missiles that Hamas is directing towards Israel don’t all make it. Estimates of 20% of their missiles land in Gaza killing women and children.

        “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” Golda Meir

  3. Trump answered his phone this morning and instead of saying “Hello”, said:. “City morg. You stab em we slab em. No fetus can beat us.”
    Apparently he bought a mortuary near Mar A Lago.

  4. Can anyone tell me why someone should be proud about his or her sexual orientation since it presumably is not something over which one has control?

    1. Normalization (e.g. celebration, promotion) of heterosexual orientation (i.e. sex-correlated gender attribute) is done with evolutionary fitness (e.g. “the People” and “our [unPlanned] Posterity”) in mind. There is no compelling reason to normalize orientations that have no redeeming value to society and humanity, which covers the majority of behaviors that are generally tolerated. It’s little more than a wedge issue a la diversity [dogma] (e.g. racism, sexism, Jew privilege, baby “burdens”) exploited as social, political, and economic leverage.

      That said, men and women are equal in rights and complementary in Nature/nature.

      Finally, I welcome pride parades: lions, lionesses, and their [unPlanned] cubs.

  5. When a branch of the Democratic Party tells you who they are you should believe them. How long will you remain in denial.

  6. This move will forever mark New York’s LGBTQ Pride Parade organizers as discriminatory towards law enforcement LGBTQ members as well as straight.

    I’m curious. Are LGBTQ people no longer going to call the police if they are in danger, have been robbed, or witness a crime?

    All it takes to be “safe” around police is not to fight with them. Statistically speaking, you can safely be arrested if you don’t run, engage in a high speed police chase, and don’t physically fight the cops.

    Claiming that these events are segregated to exclude law enforcement so that participants can feel “safe” is as bigoted as Jim Crow segregation that purportedly was for “safety.”

    For shame.

    The Democrat Party unfortunately still stands for segregation, bigotry, and judging people based on race, gender, and sexual orientation.

    1. A hundred thousand, million, million, trillion up votes. What I find amazing is the number of people who can not see what the Rats really are.

  7. The group that “prides” its self in being inclusive again shows people what they really are. Just another group of bigots.

  8. Hmmm, are gays still oppressed and discriminated against? Didn’t think so. The annual march is just to keep the “victim” narrative alive. Maybe it’s time to face reality. They have nothing to protest against, so they’re now turning on one another.

      1. Ohhhh, and for cultural appropriation of the Native American, inclusion of a prop firearm, the colonialism of the military, and for using gender normative, toxic masculinity messaging of the construction worker, cowboy, and the biker. Since they are cis gendered, the patriarchy. Hmmm, also probably for racism and tokenism. It’s kind of like a Mad Lib. The Left just randomly inserts accusations.

  9. At some point people are going to connect this behavior to the generations exhibiting it. A great many millennials snd younger (and some of their parents!) just ain’t right, like, at all. Books HAVE been written about it. Avoiding that fact is a form of mind blindness that borders on pathological, it is right in front of our faces.

    Nevertheless the closing statement is accurate: cause and effect do not register in these particular brains, the leap in logic for true inclusivity is simply too great for many of them to make. What they really mean when they use their jargon is, ‘my own personal comfort’. They are just wired that way, and yes, their attitudes and behaviors are untenable.

    1. James, the newest generation doesn’t seem to know how to think, how to reason, and how to question. They are trained to parrot talking points, and apply ad hominem instead of a logical argument. They have cognitive dissonance.

      In the same breath, they can claim that Trump engaged in an illegal quid pro quo, while ignoring that he was inquiring about Biden bragging openly about a quid pro quo with Ukraine.

      They can claim that the Trump family is corrupt for their company making any profits at all after Trump took office, even though Trump followed the rules to remove himself from running his companies, while ignoring Hunter Biden making millions in Ukrainian oil and gas, without any experience. They can ignore the damning laptop evidence of pay to play.

      They claim that Trump telling a rally to “peacefully protest” to question election integrity is sedition, while spending millions of dollars and multiple years investigating election integrity in 2016 based on a false hit piece paid for by Hillary Clinton is laudable. They just ignore all the Democrat politicians calling for the violence storming the country for months on end.

      They can’t put two and two together. They see no mirror.

  10. I remember going to a Pride Parade with my wife back in around 1999 and in Boston and there was a huge drag character slowly crossing the street in 5 inch glitter high heels and a cop slowly moved in to make sure that the dragster had room to maneuver into place…and everyone was smiling and having fun. Now with the new left we have gay people, of all people, excluding gay officers from marching. It is shameless, fascist and a new sign of these lefty times.

    1. Hullbobby – I once saw a 6 foot tall drag queen elegantly traverse a grass lawn in platform stilettos without a pause. I wish I could rock heels like that.

  11. If you are bent…you are bent!
    You are bent all the way.
    You can’t be a cop if you say you are gay!

  12. There are no good police.
    Ever notice how there are never police whistle blowers over police violence, or police corruption, or police racism.
    So somehow lgbt is different?

    1. Fred M has no issue using the “ALL” word when describing a certain group of people??? Imagine if the “ALL” word was used on some other groups. I say the “ALL” word when the seemingly bigoted Fred M “there are NO good police”.

      I actually hope that the police stay away from the march and that the bad guys are on notice to that effect. See how safe the people feel when they are being attacked and they don’t have the police to call.

  13. The left and Democrat party are full of a bunch of Red Guards mentality. They represent a malevolent political organization aimed at power grabs. They have no respect for our Constitution. If there are any liberals left in the Democrat party they need to move to the Republican party and be part of a solution instead of being party to a destructive arm that has taken over the Dems organisation.

  14. Watch the “timely” police response if something happens.

    Actions have consequences.

  15. Only a matter of time before they would attack their own. I expect to see more of this in ‘21 from all ‘progressive’ groups.

  16. I agree with Professor Turley, “I cannot think of a message more counter to traditions or values of the annual parade”. I have watched that parade take place several times and I never saw any type of friction. That is not good enough for some activists. Their ends are not peace and harmony. Their ends are political and ugly.

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