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These Stirring Portraits from NYC Pride Will Leave You Breathless

This past weekend, New York City celebrated Pride, and there was no shortage of turnout. Indeed, millions showed up for the weekend-long festivities in what was a powerful display of support and proof that the events in Orlando will not tear down the LGBTQ community. The pride parade saw countless touching, poignant moments, such as when LGBTQ members of the NYPD marched with rainbow-styled American flags past the Stonewall Inn. It was a pivotal moment for both Pride Weekend and the LGBTQ community in general; not too long ago, in 1969, police raided that same bar, galvanizing the LGBTQ community into action and sparking a civil rights movement.

Beyond the parade route’s end, LGBTQ youth gathered at the Christopher Street Pier on lower Manhattan’s west side, which has long been a site for many in the community to congregate—an oasis, of sorts, for gay youth that has naturally begun to butt heads with Manhattan’s hyper-gentrification (or blandification). Yesterday, however, the community seemed to reclaim this space as a safe haven for self-expression. The waterfront was taken over by a sea of individuals unafraid to let loose, and the sight was electric. 

With a cumbersome, somehow-still-functional, 1969 Polaroid Super Colorpack Land Camera that I picked up at a thrift store for $5 in tow, I documented as many people as a handful of 120 Polaroid packs would allow.

Stay tuned to Milk for more Pride coverage. 

All photos taken exclusively for Milk by Andrew Boyle

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