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It's All About Pride
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It's no wonder that the riot that started the worldwide gay revolution started in Hudson Park's neighborhood. By 1969, the Village had long been a mecca for artist types — writers, painters, actors and performers — and for gays and lesbians. These were people who's worth was defined by their talent and creativity, not by who they found sexual attractive. They had pride, and pride is the key.
Pride is what calls people to demand dignity. Pride demands respect. Pride has led directly to the marriage equity fights of today. And pride said no to police harrassment 40 years ago.
And, really, who can live without pride? To do so is to have a miserable existence. So a Literary Pride March is in order -- around the Village visiting the sites of the homes of gay and lesbian writers. This March includes a great beginning and ending (Jefferson Market and Hudson Park), a stroll through Washington Square, a swing by the location of the Stonewall Inn, and some of the prettiest streets in the Village (West Fourth, Bleecker, Grove, Bedford, and, of course, St. Luke's Place). It includes some heartbreak too. Check the map for that. And be sure to check out a book by your favorite LGBT writer at either end of your journey!