Sunday, June 17, 2007

Latino LGBT pride in NYC: 2002

Continuing our look at Latino LGBT organizing in New York through some of the photos I've taken through the years...
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The annual LGBT Dominican/Latino George Washington Bridge Picnic/Health Fair, July 20, 2002: My, that was sure a mouthful. Still, from year to year this is still one of my favorite summer events. It might have been a bit foggy in 2002 but the grandiosity of the George Washington Bridge certainly gives this health fair a glorious background, fog or no fog.

Watching the drag queens make it down the steep trails to the park on their stilettoed high heels is always fun. Watching hot mamis dance merengue with other mamis and hot papis stroll by hand in hand is not something most New Yorkers expect to see in Washington Heights. There are also booths for organizations that want to provide information, warm food (usually arros y gandules or rice and beans, sometimes with fried sweet plantains). Even straight people with their kids.

As in past years, this year's picnic is being organized by the Gay and Lesbian Dominican Empowerment Organization (GALDE). Click on the link to find out more about this year's event (it's already on it's 17th year). They are also always happy to get sponsors or donations to help them with the costs. I'll probably do a reminder later but definitely save the date: Sunday, July 29th, 2007 from noon to 7pm (rain or shine and, of course, under the George Washington Bridge).

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