All issues are LGBTQ issues!

WW photo: Garrett Dicembre

WW photo: Garrett Dicembre

The annual Pride Parade in Buffalo is huge, raucous and wonderfully well-attended, but for many years it has been depoliticized by corporate sponsorship, becoming a party rather than a rallying point for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. For the parade on June 1 this year, the Buffalo/Western New York International Action Center called activists out to bring a radical political edge back to Pride.

Declaring that “All issues are LGBTQ issues!” the group carried a banner and drove a car plastered with placards, and urged activists to march in the contingent to unite against war, racism, sexism and anti-LGBTQ bigotry. Throughout the length of the parade, the contingent was greeted with a huge roar of approval from the crowds.

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