- Published: Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:03
For June 25, 2017
New York City
Kyle Dacuyan | kyledacuyan (at) gmail.com
ACT UP NEW YORK TO LEAD NYC PRIDE PARADE WITH RESISTANCE CONTINGENT
Now in its 30th year, the groundbreaking AIDS advocacy group ACT UP will join a contingent of resistance organizations leading this year’s NYC Pride Parade.
WHO: ACT UP NY
WHAT: Resistance Contingent at NYC Pride
DATE: Sun June 25
TIME: Gather at 10AM. March at 12:00pm
WHERE: Gather at 41st Street between Park and Madison Ave.
FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1841156252879012
NEW YORK—On June 25, members of ACT UP will march in the lead section of the NYC Pride Parade with a contingent honoring the place of civil disobedience, visible action, and resistance in the LGBTQ community. Other organizations in the resistance contingent include Rise + Resist, United Thru Action, and Gays Against Guns.
ACT UP’s participation in the Parade will call back to the group’s history of provocative, creative gestures, props, and action. Members will be bearing five coffins down the parade route to symbolize critical AIDS-related services and programs under direct threat from the Trump Administration. These include: Medicaid, PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), Ryan White CARE Act, Affordable Care Act, and Sex Education.
"The budget cuts under the proposed Republican healthcare plan aka "Trumpcare" will slash funding for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act which people living with HIV rely on for healthcare," said Michael Venturiello, ACT UP member. "We must do everything in our power to stop the Republican healthcare or "deathcare" plan from causing tens of millions of Americans to lose their health insurance."
Earlier this year, Heritage of Pride faced pressure to acknowledge the increased necessity for the kinds of bold, disruptive tactics pioneered by ACT UP and other resistance groups.