All rights reserved. Tennis legend Billie Jean King was one of the grand marshals, along with transgender advocate Tyler Ford and civil rights organization Lambda Legal. The event, and others like it around the country, commemorated the riots that erupted in response to a police raid at a New York gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in June Onlookers and participants in New York noted those origins at Sunday's event, which was both a celebration of the diversity of LGBT culture and a statement against anti-LGBT policies promoted by President Donald Trump, such as the Republican president's attempt to ban all transgender people from serving in the military. They also spoke out against policies aimed at other communities, like immigrants and minorities.
Celebration, defiance mix at New York City gay pride parade
Gay Days at Disney World Orlando Florida
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On June 12 , , Omar Mateen , a year-old, killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in a mass shooting inside Pulse , a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida , United States. Orlando Police officers shot and killed him after a three-hour standoff. In a call made shortly after the shooting began, Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant , Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi , and said the U. He later told a negotiator he was "out here right now" because of the American-led interventions in Iraq and in Syria and that the negotiator should tell the United States to stop the bombing. The incident was deemed a terrorist attack by FBI investigators.
The celebration took place amid the same kind of increased security put in place last weekend at gay pride events in more than a half dozen cities, including Chicago, Denver and New Orleans. Gay organizations in San Francisco and New York plan to hold their gay pride parades — traditionally among the biggest in the U. Organizers in Cincinnati expected attendance to top last year's estimated 90, people. They said the slayings this month in Orlando raised interest in participation.