CNY Pride

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The New York State Fair is celebrating “Pride Day” with a parade that will span the midway to Chevy Court.  Organizers are hoping visitors will take part in the festivities in support of the LGBTQ community.  This year’s honored guest, Martin Boyce of New York City is sharing his experience at the Stonewall Riot which happened at a popular gay bar 50 years ago in 1969.  That’s where police raided the bar, but he says patrons fought back.

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If organizers get the record crowd they’re expecting for this Saturday’s Pride Parade and Festival, they say it’s an indication of how far the community has come.  Realities are changing for gay, lesbian, transgender and other residents here in Central New York. 

Organizer Sam Castleberry is on the board of C-N-Y Pride.  He says the festival is a time to celebrate the L-G-B-T-Q community in a comfortable and supportive way.

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Pride week in Syracuse has activities and an overall theme to raise awareness and acceptance of the LGBT community.  But not all recognition and progress on equality is the same. 

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Pride Week in Syracuse got underway Monday with a proclamation at city hall and a memorial to victims of the massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub a year ago. Mayor Stephanie Miner and other local officials commemorated L-G-B-T-Q pride by raising the rainbow flag in front of city hall.  Calling for more equal rights, Miner also remembered the 49 victims killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

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This year’s CNY Pride Week came to an end over the weekend with thousands of people attending the parade and celebrating with food, music and dancing at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor.  Rome resident Leo Byrom says joining the parade to support is like being with the family.  He says there are still people who feel alone and continue to hide themselves in the closet.

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  The raising of a rainbow flag in front of city hall elicited applause from the somber crowd gathered to mark the beginning of CNY Pride Week.  What is usually a festive event was tempered by the tragedy in Florida over the weekend.

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The president of the group CNY Pride says the supreme court’s ruling supporting same sex marriage is probably the most the LGBT community can hope for within the realm of marriage and the rights that come with it.  Dr. Bruce Carter is also an Assistant Professor in the Psychology and Child and Family Studies Departments at Syracuse University's Falk College.  

  He says the decision is consistent with similar cases recognizing the rights of individuals.  He cites Justice Anthony Kennedy’s reasoning in the  decision…

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  The raising of the rainbow flag at Syracuse City Hall took on more meaning Monday with a supreme court decision on marriage equality expected any day now.  CNY Pride officially kicked off pride week, which they hope ends in a victory in the high court after decades of activism. CNY Pride President Bruce Carter says considering history, it only makes sense that justices would continue a constitutional path toward equality.

CNY LGBT Groups Push for a Statewide Ban on Youth Conversion Therapy

Apr 10, 2015
Valerie Crowder, WAER News

Central New York advocates for LGBT issues praise President Obama for his recent public stance against conversion therapy for minors, as the New York State Legislature prepares for a vote on two proposals that would outlaw the practice on youth.

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Dozens gathered in front of Syracuse City Hall Monday to mark the start of CNY Pride Week with the raising of the rainbow flag.  The annual event gives the LGBT community and its supporters a chance to reflect on progress made on equal rights and the challenges remaining.  

 

Locally, Syracuse has been a leader in recognizing gay rights with others following suit.  The city adopted a  law in 1990 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, public accommodations, and housing.