Love is love is love is love is love, as the saying goes. Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of marriage equality — the Supreme Court ruling that officially allowed gay marriage to occur — and is also — not coincidentally — the day of the New York City LGBTQ pride march and festivities, better known simply as Pride. These are events that occur across the nation and world to raise awareness for the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ-exclusive issues. The parades are always colorful, with rainbow flags, intricate and exciting wardrobe, confetti, dancing, and the best pride signs, which truly make the celebrations so memorable.
This year, however, the LGBTQ population both in the U.S. and internationally were shocked and stricken with sadness after the very recent mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. As a result, and rightfully so, many of the signs in the marches, parades, and simply floating about every Pride celebration this weekend are honoring and remembering the Pulse victims from the June 12 tragedy. There are other messages to take from these marches, but solidarity is one crucially important idea that permeates the LGBTQ community on a regular basis; as such, it is very prevalent throughout the Pride events of this weekend.
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The signs come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, but the solidarity for Orlando and the victims of Pulse is one consistent ingredient in the weekend's events.
"Love is love!" and "New York is Orlando!" are two prominent slogans that accurately sum up this past year's events. Even after such a disaster, the LGBTQ community stands strong in the face of biting adversity, and these Pride events only corroborate this fact.