Gay Pride Parade

Documentary Video Shows The 1989 NYC Gay Pride Parade

Gay Pride Parades have come and gone, but sometimes we wish we could go back to see what it was all like. Well now we can.

Filmmaker Nelson Sullivan was known in New York City’s art world and club scene in the 1980s. Thankfully, Sullivan recorded himself as he participated in New York City’s 1989 Gay Pride Parade while he was wearing an outfit and makeup designed by RuPaul himself (RuPaul is also in the video).

If you are interested getting a glimpse of what the 1989 Gay Pride Parade in New York City was like, watch the video down below.



Also, it would be remiss of us not to mention that Nelson Sullivan died of a heart attack that same year while at the age of 41. This was only a few days after he quit his day job in the hopes to focus on created a television show.

Now, you can see more of Sullivan’s work here or through New York University’s Fales Library & Special Collections.

H/t: Reddit

Kosovo Held A Pride Parade Despite Threats Of Violence

Kosovo held its first ever pride parade despite threats of violence.

The parade, dubbed The Name of Love, was the first organized and previously announced march. Three earlier LGBTQ marches held in the country did exist, but they were more spontaneous in nature.

The march itself started at Pristina's central Skanderbeg Square. Participants then marched for some 500 meters while chanting "There is no gender in love" before reaching Zahir Pajaziti Square where a concert was held.

U.S. Ambassador Greg Delawie was among the crowd by the end of the march and spoke of the general feeling of love in it.

"I am so happy to see so many people today, so many supporters," Delawie told participants. "I want you to know that the U.S. Embassy stands with you."

But on top of all the love and acceptance that was met at the parade, the European territory’s president attended the event (though not the march itself).

President Hashim Thaci even spoke at the event and said:

"We will not allow anyone in Kosovo to impose fear and threats against any individual or against any group.”

That said, this joyous event is at the epicenter of a very hostile country towards LGBTQ people.

A study of the U.S.'s National Democratic Institute found that Kosovo is the region's most homophobic country, with members of LGBTQ community dealing with substancial discrimination.

In addition, the organizers of the event received several threats of violence before it took place, and several “revolted citizens” messaged media outlets warning others to avoid the event or “share the same fate with those who go out on that day."

Thankfully, no attack was held, but there is still concern for LGBTQ people in the country after the fact.