New York City Pride was canceled this year because of COVID-19, but a smaller celebration, the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality, went ahead as planned.
The march is only in its second year, but it became the de-facto in-person Pride event for New York City in 2020. It also fell at a time when police brutality protests were already raging across the country, sparked by the killing of George Floyd in May, and one year after the death of Layleen Polanco, a transgender woman who died in police custody at Rikers Island prison.
The event was organized by the Reclaim Pride Coalition, a group dedicated to getting back to the roots of the LGBTQ rights movement by rejecting police presence in, and corporate influence over, Pride events.
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