PHOTO SLIDESHOW: LGBT Pride comes to Jackson Heights
by Photos: Michael O'Kane
Jun 04, 2014 | 416 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Queens Pride Parade
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For the 21st straight (and queer) year, the Queens Pride Parade marched through the heart of Jackson Heights in a celebration of the LGBTQ community.

Starting at the intersection of 37th Avenue and 84th Street, the parade made its way down to 74th Street. Immediately following the noon parade was a festival on 37th Road that lasted until 6 p.m.

This year's grand marshals were the LGBT caucus of the City Council – council members Daniel Dromm, Corey Johnson, Carlos Menchaca, Rosie Mendez, Richie Torres and Jimmy Van Bramer – and Melissa Sklarz and Chutney Pride. Also attending was Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The grand marshal of the first Queens Pride Parade in 1993 was recently honored by the city. Jeanne Manford rose to national recognition when she wrote a letter to the New York Post in 1972 criticizing the beating of her son, Morty, at a gay rights rally.

Manford and her husband later formed Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, a group dedicated to helping families who were struggling with their children's sexuality, but also to advocate for gay rights.

Earlier this year, the Flushing street where the Manford home provided refuge and comfort to so many was renamed after the family.

And on the eve of this year's parade, Congressman Joseph Crowley introduced a resolution in Congree recognizing the life and work of Jeanne Manford.

(Photos: Michael O'Kane)

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