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Abortion decision casts a cloud on the usual cheers of the U.S. pride parade

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Randi Love and Nathan Grandino

New York / San Francisco — People attending the LGBTQ + community-sponsored pride celebration this weekend resent the Supreme Court's decision to overthrow. The constitutional right to abortion, and the wave of anti-transgender law.

For over 50 years, LGBTQ + people and supporters have marched on the last weekend of June to celebrate their hard-earned freedoms. But now many are afraid that their freedom is under threat.

The Pride Parade in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver condemns the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the groundbreaking 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Following protests in several of the same cities.

"This march will be more serious than a celebration. I don't think it's a bad thing," said Crystal Marx, executive director of Seattle Pride. I am. Thousands of people gathered at the parade on Sunday.

In New York City, a large number of people dressed in rainbow colors participated in the parade in Manhattan on behalf of the abortion group Planned Parenthood. The marches had a pink sign that says "together." We fight for everything.

"Everyone, shout out the planned parent-child relationship!" The announcer called the speaker. "We will not retreat!" The crowd replied.

A march to commemorate the protests that took place after police attacked a gay bar at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969.

LGBTQ leaders fear abortion A court conservative justice ruling jeopardizes the freedom of individuals beyond their right to abortion. In favor, Judge Clarence Thomas said the court could reconsider other cases and specifically referred to the ruling protecting contraception, homosexuality, and the right to marriage of homosexuals.

"The anti-abortion playbook and the LGBTQ opposition playbook are the same. Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, both dominate our body in a statement. It's about denying and making it more dangerous for us to live like us.

LGBTQ + community pride month delight even before the Supreme Court's ruling on the right to abortion Was squeezed by a number of Republican-backed state laws, especially for transgender youth.

Measures enacted in some red states are sex. Prevent classroom discussions on identity, block access to medical care to support the transition of young people, and limit participation in sports.

In Texas, Republican Governor Greg Abbott Asked for sex-verifying care as a child abuse, but Patrick Smith, who attended the Houston Pride Parade, had a clear line between the overthrow of Law and the rollback of LGBTQ + rights.

"The government should move away from our private lives," said Smith, who attended the event with his partner on Saturday. "Women went first. I'm afraid of what will happen to us."

At the San Francisco Pride Parade, the right to abortion and the right to transgender were paramount. .. There, people put up signs that said "stop abortion" and "protect transgender youth," and the organizers led the chant "to abolish the law." Our body. "

" It feels like there are clouds for everyone who has a womb, "said Maya Redick, a high school student attending a celebration with a friend in San Francisco. She had a sign that said, "The right to reproduction is a human right." (Report by Randi Love, Nathan Frandino, Dan Fastenberg, Soren Larson, Gabriella Borter, Sabrina Valle, Sharon Bernstein, edited by Nick Zieminski, Ross Colvin, Diane Craft)