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Publisher's Summary

"Pride means power, pride means joy, and pride means to love."  

Exactly one year after the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, the very first pride parade kicked off on Christopher Street with a march up New York's Sixth Avenue and into the Sheep Meadow in Central Park. They marched to demonstrate against decades of systemic discrimination, inequality, and harassment.  

Fifty years later, New York City was preparing for the biggest pride celebration yet when COVID-19 struck. Undeterred, the global LGBTQIA+ community transformed this special anniversary into a global virtual celebration. In Why We March, voices from the past five decades of the NYC Pride March share what PRIDE means to them and reveal the power of PRIDE in personal histories, moments that shaped their lives, and how it has informed the LGBTQIA+ rights movement.  

From riding down Fifth Avenue on the Caribbean truck and volunteering with the balloon arches, to dancing at the piers and going to the Latex Ball, each memory shows that 50 years later, PRIDE is still loud and proud.  

A special thanks to the contributors:  

Adanna Mbanugo
Mario Schmitt
Matthew Kovalsky
Alberto Medina
Vlad Sudacov
Leandro Rodriguez
Samantha Johnson
Justin Russo
Ella Ri
Sita, Icelyn, and Shavani Ugbomah-Ragbir
Randy Marsden
Brian Heck
Vernon Leftwich
Andre Thomas
Viannie Bell
Susanne Bartsch
Christian Cerna Parker
Landon Harless    

Audio footage of the first gay pride parade from the film Gay and Proud from the Lilli M. Vincenz Collection, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

©2020 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
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Way way too short

I mistakenly thought this was going to be an actual book about the history of Gay Rights in America and the history of Pride Month, but it’s just a podcast.

I was hoping for more history, more context, more of a well-rounded explanation of Pride and it’s not even an hour long.

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loud and proud

Growing up lgbtq+ in a hyper religious place was terrifying and isolating i was not allowed to be me. I didn't celebrate pride until I was 23 and made friends who were also a part of the lgbtq+ community.
We volunteered at a pride dance for youth kids. I never in my life experienced as much joy at seeing this happen before me. youth able to express themselves in a safe space I only dreamed of as a child. no hate and free expression of self under one roof.
even though pride was virtual in 2020 none of us stopped being proud I loved hearing the lgbtq voices heard

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LOVE IS LOVE

Loved it , learned a lot that I didn't know about Gay Pride March.

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This was beautiful!

This is such a positive piece! With everything going on right now, it gives me such comfort and strength knowing that the LGBTQIA+ community is still celebrating, banding together, and creating beauty to help support each other and the people who are still figuring things out! This was very special, I thoroughly suggest listening to it!

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Barely skims the surface

At thirty minutes long Why We March Celebrating 50 Years of Pride barely skims the surface of why we march.

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Love is love

This is a brief compilations of stories of what Pride means to different members of the LGTTQ+ community. As an Ally I enjoyed the stories and celebrate their triumphs. Narration is amazing as a multi cast narration. Love is love!

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Boring

It was fine - just kind of boring. No story line - just clips of people saying why pride is important to them.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 04-28-21

On Point

While it didn't really go into the topic at the title of the audio, it was really nice to hear some stories about how Pride has helped people. As a queer person myself who has never as yet had the confidence to attend Pride, I needed to hear this. Plus this is my first non fiction of the year so there's also that. 3.5 Stars

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  • Ragne
  • 07-08-20

See you next year

This is not a book, but several people saying what Pride means to them. Very uplifting.
See you 2021.