The first Sunday in June marked the 25th Anniversary of the Queens Pride Parade.
Representatives of the Queens Pride House awaited the start of the Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights, Queens, on Sunday afternoon. The Queens Pride House is a cornerstone center for the LGBT community in Queens. Originally founded in January 1997, the Queens Pride House has, over the years, provided critical social, health, and community services to LGBT Queens residents. However, cuts to the Queens Pride House's budget, noted in a 2010 report published by The New York Times, were not cured by openly gay New York City Councilmembers Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) or Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), according to that report. Source : Louis Flores/Progress Queens
To signify LGBT diversity, some participants in the Queens Pride Parade carried a giant patchwork of various flags, including the Rainbow Flag, the latter which was designed by the late Gilbert Baker. The flags represented some of the backgrounds of the LGBT community in Queens. Source : Pauline Park/Used With Permission
Another view of the giant patchwork of flags. As noted in the 2010 report in The New York Times, the Queens Pride House has provided services to Queens' immigrant community. Source : Pauline Park/Used With Permission
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