Millions attend honor parades across the U.S. as Supreme Court ruling casts a shadow over events

Kesha speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony at the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center at the Stonewall Inn on Friday in New York City. Photo by John Angelil / UPI | Photo license

June 26 (UPI) – Millions of Americans attended honor parades across the U.S. on Sunday as the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Rowe against Wade cast a shadow over the event.

Thousands of people filled the streets of New York on Sunday to attend the NYC Pride March after the organization Heritage of Pride, which organizes the event, announced that Planned Parenthood will be the first group to leave during the event.

“Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, which overturned nearly five decades of protection and reproductive freedom, is devastating,” the Heritage of Pride said in a statement.

“This dangerous decision threatens millions of people, gives the government control over our individual freedom of choice and sets an alarming precedent that threatens many other constitutional rights and freedoms.”

The first pride march in New York was called the March on the Liberation Day of Christopher Street and was held in 1970 to mark the first anniversary of the riots at the Stonewall Inn.

The Stonewall Inn is a historic gay bar in Greenwich Village that was raided by police in 1969, sparking an uprising on the streets of Manhattan in search of justice and equality for the LGBTQ community.

For years, the annual event, held in cities across the country, was more like a big party than a protest march, but a Heritage of Pride statement seemed to call for a return to the political roots of the event.

“Pride is born of protest and will always be a place to fight injustice and discrimination. Join us as we stand for body autonomy at this year’s March of Honor in New York,” the statement said.

Mayor Eric Adams was among the politicians who asked to leave early during the parade, and then posted on Twitter a statement noting “the achievements of our LGBTQ + movement.”

“New York is the city of Stonewall, the struggle, the protest and the progress,” Adams said.

In Nashville, revelers said The Tennessean that the Supreme Court decision was in the minds of all present at the event, fearing that the decision to overturn the landmark decision could lead to further problems for the LGBTQ community.

Judge Clarence Thomas wrote in a separate opinion that coincided with the majority opinion, which was written by Judge Samuel Alita, that the Supreme Court should next consider contraception and rights for LGBTQ.

“Yesterday there was a lot of anger in our community. It’s a strange atmosphere for everyone, but we try to have a good time,” 22-year-old Jake Yoder told the publication.

Pride flags were burned last week and houses in the Abel Baltimore neighborhood were set on fire, This was reported by Baltimore Brew. The incident continues to be investigated as a possible federal hate crime.

Despite the fire and the Supreme Court ruling, the Baltimore fashion show told the publication that the day remained a “happy day” for the LGBTQ community.

“We need to be here now like never before. But we’re here,” event participant Abby James told Baltimore Brew.

San Francisco Pride published a statement on the Saturday before the city event, in which it was announced that his parade would begin with activists and organizations that are “fighting to overcome the problems of equality and violence that our community continues to face”.

“Rowe’s turn against Wade has strengthened the close link between LGBTQ + rights and reproductive health issues,” the statement said.

“We are proud to announce that this year we will join forces with the SF Women’s March to lead the contingent. The SF Women’s March has long been a flag bearer in our city in matters of reproductive justice and creates a natural adaptation together with us in the fight for equality in general. ” Millions attend honor parades across the U.S. as Supreme Court ruling casts a shadow over events

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