Every June, New Yorkers celebrate Pride Month, an event intended to memorialize the Stonewall Riots which occurred in Manhattan in June of 1969. The Stonewall Riots precipitated various civil rights demonstrations, contributing to the fight to end discrimination against the LGBT+ Community.
As such, Pride Month is intended to both commemorate the work and sacrifices of prominent members of the LGBT+ and allied communities in raising awareness, and advocating visibility and acceptance, while also drawing attention to civil rights issues that remain to be addressed.
One June 9, 2018, the LGBTQ+ Committee at the Brooklyn Bar Association will be celebrating Pride locally with Brooklyn Pride (http://brooklynpride.org/), a non-profit organization that organizes a Pride Multi-Cultural Festival and Parade each year.
This June marks the three year anniversary since the establishment of The LGBTQ+ Committee at the Brooklyn Bar, originally proposed by Founding Chair Christina Golkin in 2015. Since its establishment, The LGBTQ+ Committee has hosted various topical Continuing Legal Education Courses, such as “Transgender Student Rights: An Emergent Legal Landscape,” in May 2018 and “Providing Culturally Competent Services to the LGBTQ+ Community,” in February 2018.
The LGBTQ+ Committee is honored to be representing the Brooklyn Bar at the Brooklyn Pride Multi-Cultural Festival (http://brooklynpride.org/pride-events/) alongside the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Brooklyn Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service. The Committee will also be marching in the Brooklyn Pride Twilight Parade (http://brooklynpride.org/pride-events/). The Festival and Parade are scheduled to take place on June 9th, 2018 in Park Slope, and are expected to feature a diverse cross-section of the borough’s businesses, community members and city-wide organizations. The Festival will line six blocks of 5th Avenue, between 3rd street and 9th street, and runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Parade starts around Lincoln Place and ends at 9th St. & 5th Avenue. It steps off promptly at 7:30 p.m.
If you would like to join us in marching in the Brooklyn Pride Parade with other Brooklyn Bar Association members, please contact Christina Golkin at Christinagolkinesq@gmail.com for more information.