Millions of people took to the streets around the world this weekend to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. In Turkey, police in riot gear came down on protesters, firing tear gas and blocking streets where marches were taking place. Thousands marched in Paris, Mexico City, Panama and in El Salvador’s capital San Salvador, where there were also reports of police harassment during Pride celebrations. Here in New York City, two main events took place. New York City Pride held a mostly virtual ceremony for the second year in a row due to the pandemic. The event also banned New York police from participating this year, after years of advocacy from Black and Brown LGBTQ community members. This year also marked the third annual anti-corporate, anti-police Queer Liberation March.

Steven Love Menendez: “This one [Queer Liberation March] is corporate-free, and this one is really about the roots of the movement. This is why we celebrate and also still remember to be active and fight for our rights that still need to be met.”

There were reports of NYPD agents attacking and pepper-spraying revelers on Sunday night.

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