The sun shines over the horizon
like a perfect painting.
June has been born and
summer swells in our hearts.
There is a parade in the city.
Several decades ago, this parade
wouldn’t be possible.
There are people in the streets
who can celebrate themselves
in spite of a society that still
harbors disapproval and disdain.
Throw beads in the air and laugh
As sunshine showers your radiant face.
Be unapologetically you even if
They don’t want to hear your shouts.
But don’t forget those still hiding,
don’t forget those in the dark,
scared and unable to shout for joy.
Reach out to them,
whose hope is about to fade,
so they may join the parade.
“Join the Parade” was written by Mark Nyman to reflect on the first Pride Parade, the Stonewall Riots, which celebrates its 53rd anniversary on Tuesday, June 28th. As many gather along 4th Avenue today for the NYC Pride Parade, it is important to remember Pride’s beginnings and the struggle it took to get here today.
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