This year was going to be the 50th anniversary of the NYC Gay Pride, but due to the covid-19 crisis, it had to be cancelled :( A good moment to take a trip down memory lane to share with you my experience of gay pride in 2012, to make up for this cancellation. I hope we will have a wonderful gay pride in 2021!

Summer 2012, NYC Gay Pride

New York City was full of gay men and lesbians who were partying like their life depended on it. for good reason: It was the annual Gay Pride Parade! I love to be in NYC when this parade is happening. Everybody is so happy and smiling! The streets are a big mess (but the City cleans up perfectly at night).

Gay Pride NYC 2012
Gay Pride NYC 2012

For me growing up in a liberal country like the Netherlands, I do not even see the difference between straight people and gay people as a human being. They are all equal and I don’t even think twice. Unfortunately in some places in the world they still think gay people are not equal which I think is insane.  Nobody should tell you who you can or cannot love.

 

Legalize Gay
American Apparel understands it! “Legalize Gay”

I even have 2 older men in my life who I call my “Gay Dads”: George & David. Since my real dad passed away 10 years ago, they are my adopted surrogate parents. They are always there for me. whether it is to talk about my love life, or important decisions I should make, or just to hang out. I love them! And I have to say, the best remedy to get over a heartache as a girl is to hang out with gay men! They cheer you up right away!

George & David
George, David and I.

Creativity is rampant during NYC Gay Pride

Many people come out and wear the most creative outfits during this day! And some wear almost nothing… This day is all about fun, music, dance and people enjoying themselves. For years I have been going with my friends and enjoying it a lot, also because usually it is a wonderful Sunny Summer day.

 

Dress up at Gay Pride 2012
A lot of people did dress up at Gay Pride NYC 2012!

Lots of nakedness

It is a very fun time for many people in NYC, although I want to add that for some young children in NYC they are exposed to very naked men and women, which maybe is not great for them. Hopefully the people taking part in Gay Pride will be thoughtful around children, and the parents of these children avoid the route of the gay pride. Problem solved!

A car at Gay Pride 2012
Always safe sex of course!

If you want to read a touching story about what it is like to be gay and trying to be accepted, read Joey Holthaus’ story: Proud to be Gay.

Love, Lonneke

First published in 2012, updated to today’s reality in 2020