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Abortion Rights Front And Center At LGBTQ+ Pride Events Nationally

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After the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade on Friday, Pride events across the country over the weekend became not only celebrations but protests.Two days before Sunday's 52nd annual New York City march, Justice Clarence Thomas said in his concurrence the Supreme Court should reconsider its 2015 decision recognizing marriage equality.As part of the 2022 NYC Pride Parade,  Planned Parenthood kicked off the event with the honored first spot at the front of the parade. “Pride was born of protest and will always be a space to fight injustice and discrimination,” the organization said in the announcement extending the invitation to Planned Parenthood on Friday.New York City Pride marches celebrate the protests that followed the raid of the Stonewall Inn by police on June 28, 1969.Follow More Advocate News on Pride Today below. “Yesterday's Supreme Court decision overturning nearly five decades of protections and reproductive freedom is devastating,” NYC Pride said on its website. “This dangerous decision puts millions in harm's way, gives government control over our individual freedom to choose, and sets a disturbing precedent that puts many other constitutional rights and freedoms in jeopardy.”Saturday Night Live cast member Punkie Johnson, ACLU attorney Chase Strangio, social media star Ts Madison, and former NCAA swimmer Schuyler Bailar were this year's NYC Pride Parade grand marshalls.The Pride Parade in San Francisco drew crowds despite fears that far-right groups would be encouraged to conduct attacks.“Pride started with a protest,” San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think this whole weekend is going to be one long protest.

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