In case you missed it, New York recently legalized gay marriage, making it the largest state to do so thus far. The majority vote was only secured after many delays and dramatic changes of heart by several key senators. (Including Republican Roy McDonald, who famously declared to his critics, “Fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing.”) The New York City Pride Parade today was appropriately “off the chain,” as I heard one attendee describe it. With Governor Andrew Cuomo and openly gay Senator Tom Duane in attendance, crowds were pushing up against the barricades in the West Village and screaming for hours as all of the floats and marchers went by.
As a Wes student, a New Yorker, and a proud queer, I would like to say Congratulations, New York! After your weddings filled with lots of glitter, cake, and legal rights, I hope that you will continue to think beyond marriage and that the trend toward equality doesn’t stop here.
More pictures after the jump.
For even more photos, I recommend searching “NY Pride 2011” on Flickr.