For the sixth year in a row, neighborhood organizers Make the Road NY’s all-local pride parade marched down a sunny Knickerbocker Avenue. This past Saturday afternoon, around 100 people — queer-identified immigrants and their supporters and family — turned out for the event, though there weren’t many spectators.
The event seems more important in recent years, after the beating death of Ecuadoran immigrant José Sucuzhañay, attacked because he was thought to be gay. Make the Road’s own Ana Maria Archila was recently profiled in a Times story on gay marriage.
"Today, with 12,600 dues-paying members, MRNY is a unique amalgam of worker center, legal clinic, citizenship school, mutual aid society, policy shop, protest factory and church. Its four offices in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island are an egalitarian oasis for members, who gather there for conversation and classes..."