|American and Rainbow Flags at City Hall, Jersey City.|
This year was in particular significant. On one hand, because the local JCLGO (Jersey City Lesbian and Gay Outreach) celebrated its tenth anniversary. On the other hand, because this year the local LGBT community organized its first Pride March, a march that started in front of City Hall building and ended at Exchange Place. And yet there was another newcomer, a new element at this August's Jersey Pride event--for the first time this year there were protesters walking side by side (almost) with the participants. And, therefore, there were also police cars and officers, there in case anything went wrong.
Luckily, nothing went wrong. Those participating in and/or attending the performances and keynote speeches preceding the march were excited enough about the importance of that day to disregard the protesters. The protesters, though, had their own role. Partly because of their presence at the Pride festival, participating members of the local LGBT community and their supporters gathered together as one, stronger, united, determined even more than ever to fight for their equal rights.
|Man with Rainbow Flags at JC Pride. All images Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.|