Friday, December 26, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 


Lesbian March Driven By Joy Over Legalized Same-Sex Marriage

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: Lesbian March Driven By Joy Over Legalized Same-Sex Marriage
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

The city's LGBT community started celebrating the legalization of same-sex marriage on Friday night, and the Pride events continued throughout Manhattan on Saturday. NY1's Erica Ferrari filed the following report.

In Washington Square Park on Saturday, thousands of lesbians turned out to celebrate diversity and pride.

"It's our family. It's a personal, proud family. Everybody that is here feels like a family," said a participant. "So, if you can imagine Thanksgiving without your family and without a turkey. It's a lot bigger than Thanksgiving. It's a holiday."

"How often do you get to be around thousands of lesbians all in the same place? It's kind of exciting to do that," said another. "It's a rare opportunity to share our ability to celebrate in the way we have."

Saturday's annual NYC Dyke March, which started as a reaction to the male dominance of the early gay rights movement, had special significance this year, one day after the passage of the gay marriage bill.

Yet many marchers said the fight is not over.

"One small step for LGBT, one giant step for New York," said a marcher.

Veterans of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the event that sparked the modern gay rights movement, also gathered in the West Village on Saturday to remember what life was like at that time.

"There were three major laws at the time. One was congregating for immoral purposes. If you had three or more gay people in one place, you were assembling for immoral purposes," said a Stonewall Riots veteran.

"Forty-two years later in New York State [from Stonewall to same-sex marriage passing], it's shameful that it took so long," said another veteran.

However, the LGBT community was grateful for all the strides made since Stonewall. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP