LGBT Pride

NEW YORK - JUNE 10: Governor of Puerto Rico Anibal Acevedo-Vila (3rd-L), New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (5th-L), New York City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn (6th-L), Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer (7th-L) and New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (8th-L) attend the 50th Anniversary of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade along 5th Avenue June 10, 2007 in New York City.

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Wednesday night, at City Hall, was a celebration for LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans-gender) recognizing champions of the cause.  It is truly amazing how far this group has come.  Gay marriage, the scourge of AIDS, coming out of the closet, etc. There is no doubt the room was bubbling.  There was an excitement of change was at last here in the room.

Malcolm Gets, who was the Master of Ceremonies, got up and talked about the change that he has seen.  His sister, who lives in a small town in North Carolina, actually has a mayor who is gay and lives with his partner.  If that can happen in a small town in North Carolina, then perhaps our country has truly made a change.  I hope so. 

Christine Quinn, who is the Speaker of the New York City Council spoke.  She is always good.  Her partner Kim was there.  Chris talked about the past and the future.  She gave out an award to Florent Morellet, who was a pioneer in the Meat Packing District and opened his doors to all people in the neighborhood who were in need.  He was so touched by the award, he cried.  A true gentlemen. 

I took Jessica along.  It was quite cool just being in City Hall but listening to this community speak was inspiring.  They are a family, a community in New York who has made a real difference by inspiring people to accept everyone regardless of their sexuality.  It is a prejudice that shouldn't exist but does.  I do believe, as the people did in the room, that our country has made a big turning point in embracing anyone and everyone with all the same rights.  

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  1. Judy

    I learned about your blog Gotham Gal from Fred. Happy anniversary! I am basically a new yorker jewish too now living in SF. I really like what you blog cause it returns me to my roots