Fear stalks Gay Pride 50 years after Stonewall riots

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Fear stalks Gay Pride 50 years after Stonewall riots

The New York rally marking the landmark protests takes place amid a rise in homophobia once again

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Four million people and a sea of rainbow flags: that is what organisers of New York’s World Pride (https://2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/) parade expect this week for events marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which launched the gay rights movement in the US.

Many want the vast gathering to act as a show of strength for the LGBT community at a time when homophobia is again on the rise in the country.

The six-day festival will feature concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre shows and workshops as the city pays homage to those who took part in the 1969 Stonewall riots, a week-long protest against the police’s constant harassment of the New York gay community at the time...

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