After a shooting at a gay nightclub early Sunday morning killed 50 people and injured over 50 more, it would be understandable for the LGBTQ community to be wary of or not emotionally prepared for the many pride parades and events happening across the country on Sunday. This is especially true after the news that an armed man was apprehended on his way to the Los Angeles pride parade. In spite or because of the dangers and stresses of gathering in a group in the face of violent prejudice, Sunday pride events in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles, and other cities across the country are continuing as planned. Many of these events have incorporated moments of silence or other forms of mourning into the festivities, but all of them feature participants proud and excited to show their love and support for the LGBTQ community.
The first pride parade was held in New York City in 1970 to mark the one year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the event that many consider pivotal to the beginning of the gay liberation movement. Parades, parties, and festivals typically involve costumes, music, dancing, and lots of rainbow flags. Public spaces in the US have not always been open and some continue to be unfriendly to openly LGBTQ people; gay clubs and pride events have historically been safe spaces where same sex couples can show affection and LGBTQ people can express themselves openly, which lends particular terror to Sunday's events.
Yet despite the tragedy, plenty of people in the LGBTQ community and otherwise are choosing to come together and celebrate their pride. Here are pictures from Sunday's pride events across the country that look toward a more loving, accepting, and safe future.
LA Pride Parade
Motor City Pride
If you are interested in attending any pride events in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, here is a list of upcoming events around the country and the world.