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Gay Prides Held Marked by Joy, Sadness, and Protest


Gay Pride happened over the weekend in Riga, Latvia, and thanks to a strong police presence was relatively violence-free despite a large swarm of angry protesters. Watch an informative video from Amnesty, International AFTER THE JUMP...

Last year's pride in Riga was less violent than the two before it, with marchers parading around an enclosed park watched over by a heavily police presence. In 2006 and 2005, things were a bit different.

Asbury Park, New Jersey held its Pride festival and inaugural 14-mile Ride with Pride bike ride.

Pride was also held in New Paltz, New York, and in the New York City borough of Queens. Flickr user Courtenay Redis writes, of the photo below: "Local politicians, community activiists and other supporters greet Leonor and Armando Garzon. Their gay son, Edgar Garzon, was beaten to death on this block of 37th Avenue in August 2001 in what is considered a hate crime, march in the 16th Annual Queens LGBT Pride Parade & Multi-Cultural Festival in Jackson Heights, Queens on June 1, 2008."

(image via flickr user courtenay redis)

Watch the Riga, Latvia clip AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Those of us queers who live in the US and more tolerant countries tend to forget the real meaning of Gay Pride. Many of our Gay Prides have turned more into a circuit party than a human rights campaign. After watching this video clip and hearing news around Africa / Middle East / Russia on how the GLBT community suffers and struggles for basic human recognition, I have a newly found reason to focus my attention on the true meaning of Pride. I hope others will as well.

    Posted by: Jerry in RI | Jun 2, 2008 7:50:39 PM

  2. What is the best way to get involved? What are the best organizations to contact? I agree with you JERRY IN RI, and I want to do more.

    Posted by: Kevin in DC | Jun 3, 2008 2:26:49 AM

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