I remember the first year I experienced the parade. I was freshly picked from the Yeshua Fogged south. I thought it was odd that so many heterosexual families were cheering and waving the rainbow flags.
Now, it’s the way it is. It’s “normal”, and I feel a little guilty if I miss it.
For a little history on the day, go check out this post from Joe My God. Just a snippet:
It was June 27th, 1969.
The day that the fags, dykes, and queens of New York City finally said “Enough!” For some historical perspective, I’m posting the story that the New York Daily News ran about the Stonewall Riots. Note how the story drips with condescension and ridicule. We’ve come a long, long way in 41 years and we’ve still got some distance to cover, but today we should all offer up a shout, a snap, and a moment of thanks to the people who started us down this road.