Mute Swans have beautiful babies in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Sunday, June 13, 2021. New York City – In April and May 2021, I saw mute swans incubating their eggs in the beautiful Prospect Park, in the borough of Brooklyn; New York City.

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The first time I noticed them was on Friday, April 2, 2021. The second time I filmed one of the swans incubating the eggs was on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The third time I filmed a swan in the nest was on Friday, April 30, 2021. The four time I filmed the swan incubating the eggs was on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The fifth time I filmed the mother swan was on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. More than two months have passed and they already have babies, 6 beautiful cygnets.

VIDEO: Mother swan and her six baby cygnets.

A male swan is called a Cob. The female is called a Pen and the young are called cygnets (pronounced ‘sig-nets’) until they are a year old. Cygnets are not ducklings. Swans are not ducks, they are much bigger than most ducks, and cygnets are a bit larger than ducklings.

According to the information I found online, female and male swans take turns incubating the eggs, which hatch after 35-45 days.

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, I also saw a beautiful double-crested cormorant and turtles sharing an “island”, well, it is not an island, it is a rock in the lake of Prospect Park. Several turtles and the double-crested cormorant sharing a small rock. Gorgeous!

I love swans, Canada geese, raccoons, squirrels, ducks, northern cardinals (also known colloquially as the redbird, common cardinal, red cardinal, or just cardinal), and other animals in Prospect Park and other public parks in New York City. Animals should be free in their natural habitats and not in prisons (zoos, aquariums, circuses, etc.).

Unfortunately, some people do not like animals. Sometimes I see people harassing animals in parks. Sometimes it is the government that kills animals in parks and other places.

Canada geese used to have babies (goslings) in Prospect Park, in the borough of Brooklyn. The last time Canada geese had goslings in Prospect Park was in 2011. Watch the video below.

Baby Canada geese (goslings) in Prospect Park. Brooklyn, NYC.

On July 8, 2010, nearly 400 Canada geese and goslings in Prospect Park were captured, gassed and thrown into trash bags.

For several years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the NYC government killed thousands of Canada geese. They killed geese in Prospect Park, Central Park, Inwood Hill Park, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and other places.

A petition (that is closed now) by GooseWatch NYC says, “Since 2009, thousands of New York City’s Canada geese have been killed each summer by USDA Wildlife Services in the name of air safety. The killing is inhumane and lacks scientific merit.”

GooseWatch NYC became inactive at the end of 2016, but for several years, GooseWatch NYC, Friends of Animals and other organizations had rallies to protect Canada Geese, turkeys, deer, coyotes, swans and carriage horses.

7/8/2011. Mary Beth Purdy- Artz singing “This Land is Your Land” with the lyrics adapted to the Canada Geese issue.

On July 8, 2011 was the commemoration of the 1 year anniversary of the slaughter of the Prospect Park Canada Geese.
Mary Beth Purdy- Artz sang “This Land is Your Land” with the lyrics adapted to the Canada Geese issue.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, GooseWatch NYC and In Defense of Animals had a press conference and rally at Merchant’s Gate (Columbus Circle) Central Park to speak out against the killing of Canada geese in New York City.

Speakers included David Karopkin, Founder and Director of GooseWatch NYC; Ken Paskar, President of Friends of La Guardia Airport and former lead safety representative for the FAA Safety Team; Anja Heister, M.S. Biologist and Director of the Wild and Free-Habitats Campaign; Brian Shapiro, NY State Director of The Humane Society of the United States; Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of Friends of Animals; Suzanne Soehner, resident of the Inwood Hill Park community and Mary Beth Purdy Artz, NYC Wildlife Advocate.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Brooklyn, New York City – Mother swan with her 6 babies (cygnets) in Prospect Park. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.LoveIsAmor.com
Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Brooklyn, New York City – Mother swan with her 6 babies (cygnets) in Prospect Park. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.LoveIsAmor.com

In 2018, “a family of mute swans in upstate Oneida was killed by U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife staff after a kayaker complained to state DEC about an “aggressive” male swan. The two adults were shot and the four cygnets were captured and intentionally drowned. In Brooklyn, the seven swans that make their home in Prospect Park Lake have been missing since June 2, according to signs posted this week.

Cymbrowitz and Avella sponsored legislation to protect New York’s mute swans from extermination, with input from Friends of Animals, which was signed into law in 2016. The law established a two-year moratorium on the DEC’s controversial mute swan management plan—which was basically a government sanctioned death sentence. The law also requires DEC to demonstrate that the swans have caused actual damage to the environment or to other species, including humans.”

Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Brooklyn, New York City – Mother swan with her 6 babies (cygnets) in Prospect Park.   Photo by Javier Soriano/www.LoveIsAmor.com
Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Brooklyn, New York City – Mother swan with her 6 babies (cygnets) in Prospect Park. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.LoveIsAmor.com

Swans

“Swans are birds of the family Anatidae within the genus Cygnus. The swans’ closest relatives include the geese and ducks. Swans are grouped with the closely related geese in the subfamily Anserinae where they form the tribe Cygnini. Sometimes, they are considered a distinct subfamily, Cygninae. There are six living and many extinct species of swan; in addition, there is a species known as the coscoroba swan which is no longer considered one of the true swans. Swans usually mate for life, although “divorce” sometimes occurs, particularly following nesting failure, and if a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another. The number of eggs in each clutch ranges from three to eight.

Swans are the largest extant members of the waterfowl family Anatidae, and are among the largest flying birds. The largest living species, including the mute swan, trumpeter swan, and whooper swan, can reach a length of over 1.5 m (59 in) and weigh over 15 kg (33 lb). Their wingspans can be over 3.1 m (10 ft). Compared to the closely related geese, they are much larger and have proportionally larger feet and necks. Adults also have a patch of unfeathered skin between the eyes and bill. The sexes are alike in plumage, but males are generally bigger and heavier than females.[9] The biggest species of swan ever was Cygnus falconeri, a flightless giant swan known from fossils found on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Sicily.

The Northern Hemisphere species of swan have pure white plumage, but the Southern Hemisphere species are mixed black and white. The Australian black swan (Cygnus atratus) is completely black except for the white flight feathers on its wings; the chicks of black swans are light grey. The South American black-necked swan has a white body with a black neck.

Swans’ legs are normally a dark blackish grey colour, except for the South American black-necked swan, which has pink legs. Bill colour varies: the four subarctic species have black bills with varying amounts of yellow, and all the others are patterned red and black. Although birds do not have teeth, swans, like other Anatidae, have beaks with serrated edges that look like small jagged ‘teeth’ as part of their beaks used for catching and eating aquatic plants and algae, but also molluscs, small fish, frogs, and worms. In the mute swan and black-necked swan, both sexes have a fleshy lump at the base of their bills on the upper mandible, known as knob, which is larger in males, and is condition dependent, changing seasonally.”_Wikipedia.org

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Brooklyn, New York City – Mother swan with her 6 babies (cygnets) in Prospect Park. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.LoveIsAmor.com
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Double-crested cormorant in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; New York City.

Friday, June 4, 2021. New York City – On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, I saw this double-crested cormorant and some turtles in Prospect Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Brooklyn, New York City.

The double-crested cormorant and some turtles were on a small rock in the lake in the park.

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VIDEO: Double-crested cormorant, turtles, swan babies, duck babies, and other friends in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NYC.

Double-crested cormorant

“The double-crested cormorant is all over the place—the lake in Prospect Park, the Central Park Reservoir, and sometimes the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This large black waterbird is one of the most common birds in the New York City area, and it’s often seen near bodies of water—both large and small, freshwater and saltwater—perching on rocks and small trees spreading its wings out to dry. An excellent fisherman, the double-crested cormorant’s diet consists almost entirely of fish.”_Brooklyn Botanic Garden

“The double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a member of the cormorant family of water birds. Its habitat is near rivers and lakes as well as in coastal areas, and is widely distributed across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida and Mexico. Measuring 70–90 cm (28–35 in) in length, it is an all-black bird which gains a small double crest of black and white feathers in breeding season. It has a bare patch of orange-yellow facial skin. Five subspecies are recognized. It mainly eats fish and hunts by swimming and diving. Its feathers, like those of all cormorants, are not waterproof and it must spend time drying them out after spending time in the water. Once threatened by the use of DDT, the numbers of this bird have increased markedly in recent years.

The double-crested cormorant is a large waterbird with a stocky body, long neck, medium-sized tail, webbed feet, and a medium-sized hooked bill. It has a body length of between 70–90 cm (28–35 in) long, with a wingspan of between 114–123 cm (45–48 in). Double-crested cormorants weigh between 1.2–2.5 kg (2.6–5.5 lb). Males and females do not display sexual dimorphism.

This species has dark-colored plumage with bare supra-loreal skin and gular skin that is yellow or orange. An adult in breeding plumage will be mostly black with the back and coverts being a dark grayish towards the center. Nuptial crests, for which the species is named, are either white, black or a mix of the two. These are located just above the eyes with the bare skin on the face of a breeding adult being orange. A non-breeding adult will lack the crests and have more yellowish skin around the face. The bill of the adult is dark-colored. The double-crested cormorant is very similar in appearance to the larger great cormorant, which has a more restricted distribution in North America, mainly on the Canadian maritime provinces; it can, however, be separated by having more yellow on the throat and the bill.

The plumage of juvenile double-crested cormorants is more dark gray or brownish. The underparts of a juvenile are lighter than the back with a pale throat and breast that darkens towards the belly. As a bird ages, its plumage will grow darker. The bill of a juvenile will be mostly orange or yellowish.

The double-crested cormorant’s numbers decreased in the 1960s due to the effects of DDT. Colonies have also been persecuted from time to time in areas where they are thought to compete with human fishing.

Recently the population of double-crested cormorants has increased. Some studies have concluded that the recovery was allowed by the decrease of contaminants, particularly the discontinued use of DDT. The population may have also increased because of aquaculture ponds in its southern wintering grounds. The ponds favor good over-winter survival and growth.”_Wikipedia.org

Prospect Park

Prospect Park is an urban park in Brooklyn, New York City. The park is situated between the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, and Windsor Terrace, and is adjacent to the Brooklyn Museum, Grand Army Plaza, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. With an area of 526 acres (213 ha), Prospect Park is the second largest public park in Brooklyn, behind Marine Park.

First proposed in legislation passed in 1859, Prospect Park was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also helped design Manhattan’s Central Park, following various changes to its design. Prospect Park opened in 1867, though it was not substantially complete until 1873. The park subsequently underwent numerous modifications and expansions to its facilities. Several additions to the park were completed in the 1890s, in the City Beautiful architectural movement. In the early 20th century, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) commissioner Robert Moses started a program to clean up Prospect Park. A period of decline in the late 20th century spurred the creation of the Prospect Park Alliance, which refurbished many parts of the park starting in the late 1980s.

Main attractions of the park include the 90-acre (36 ha) Long Meadow; the Picnic House; Litchfield Villa; Prospect Park Zoo; the Boathouse; Concert Grove; Brooklyn’s only lake, covering 60 acres (24 ha); and the Prospect Park Bandshell that hosts free outdoor concerts in the summertime. The park also has sports facilities, including the Prospect Park Tennis Center, basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, and the New York Pétanque Club in the Parade Ground. There is also a private Society of Friends (Quaker) cemetery on Quaker Hill near the ball fields. In addition, Prospect Park is part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway, a network of green spaces that stretch across western Long Island.

Prospect Park was designated a New York City scenic landmark on November 25, 1975, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 1980. The park is operated by the Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks.”_Wikipedia.org

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021. New York City - Double-crested cormorant and some turtles in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; New York City.  Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
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Tahanie Aboushi, candidate for Manhattan DA attended a rally for Black Trans people.

Saturday, May 29, 2021. New York City – On Thursday, May 27, 2021, Trans women Joel Rivera and Qween Andy Jean held a rally and march for Trans man Tony McDade.

The rally was in front of The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York City.

Tahanie Aboushi, candidate for Manhattan District Attorney and Cynthia Nixon attended the rally for a few minutes.

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5/27/2021. Tahanie Aboushi. Civil rights attorney.

Tahanie says on her website, “Tahanie Aboushi is a quintessential New York story. Born into a Palestinian immigrant family that valued hard work, she learned at an early age that the system was designed to hurt some communities, and that liberty and justice were not for all. Tahanie understands that perception and prejudice can shape and distort how a person is treated. Recognizing how prevalent mistreatment can be for anyone considered an ‘other,’ Tahanie has dedicated her life to fighting for her communities, to ensure liberty and justice for all.”

Aboushi says she supports “full decriminalization of sex work, never prosecute any recreational drug use or possession, advocate for marijuana legalization and work to make sure the benefits of legalization help communities targeted by the failed war on drugs, partner with appropriate departments to create infrastructure that supports community-based mental health treatment.”

Tahanie Aboushi says that as Manhattan DA, she will: “Create a safe space for immigrant communities to focus on the criminal circumstance without fear of ICE presence and deportation, hire immigration attorneys in the early case assessment bureau and throughout each division to assess the impact of charges on immigration status, crack down on wage theft from immigrant workers, etc.”

Thursday, May 27, 2021. Manhattan, New York City - Right to left: Trans woman Joe Rivera, unknown man, lawyer Tahanie Aboushi and Trans woman Qween Andy Jean.  Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
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NYC’s 12th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance.

Monday, October 14th, 2019. Manhattan, New York City – On Sunday, October 13th, 2019, indigenous peoples and their allies gathered at Columbus circle (59th Street and Central Park West) to celebrate NYC’s 12th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance.

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Sunday, October 13th, 2019. Manhattan, New York City - Indigenous peoples and their allies gathered at Columbus circle (59th Street and Central Park West) to celebrate NYC's 12th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance. Some people celebrate Christopher Columbus Day. Indigenous peoples and their allies celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
Sunday, October 13th, 2019. Manhattan, New York City – Indigenous peoples and their allies gathered at Columbus circle (59th Street and Central Park West) to celebrate NYC’s 12th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance. Some people celebrate Christopher Columbus Day. Indigenous peoples and their allies celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

Organizers said on Facebook: “An annual Indigenous event that remembers and honors the Indigenous ancestors whom suffered or were murdered by the invaders and colonizers in 1492 to the present day. We also remember and honor all the Indigenous African peoples that were stolen, and enslaved for the sake of racist patriarchal profit on Turtle Island. We honor the two spirit + LGBTQIA community and remember Black trans women who have been murdered in the so called “U.S.A.” We make space to call out the names of missing and murdered Indigenous women whose cases continue to go unsolved.

As the so called “U.S.A” celebrates the memory of Christopher Columbus, the Indigenous community remembers our ancestral memory of loss as well as seeking justice and healing from our collective ancestral trauma.”

Some people celebrate Christopher Columbus Day. Indigenous peoples and their allies celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The National Congress of American Indians passed a formal resolution in 2011 advocating for the second Monday of October to be renamed from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Cities and states have followed suit since then.

More and more cities and states in the U.S. of America are honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day.

Interactive map of the 11 states and 129 cities recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in 2019.

According to a report by Newsweek published on October 7th, 2019, “79 percent of college students support getting rid of Columbus Day to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Sunday, October 13th, 2019. Manhattan, New York City - Indigenous peoples and their allies gathered at Columbus circle (59th Street and Central Park West) to celebrate NYC's 12th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance. Some people celebrate Christopher Columbus Day. Indigenous peoples and their allies celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
Sunday, October 13th, 2019. Manhattan, New York City – Indigenous peoples and their allies gathered at Columbus circle (59th Street and Central Park West) to celebrate NYC’s 12th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance. Some people celebrate Christopher Columbus Day. Indigenous peoples and their allies celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

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NYC Bodypainting Day 2019.

Saturday, July 20, 2019. New York City – Today was the Bodypainting Day 2019. The event was organized by Human Connection Arts. This was the 6th annual event and it was at the Maria Hernandez Park. The park is in the artistic mecca of Bushwick in Brooklyn, NYC. 

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Saturday, July 20, 2019. New York City – Today was the Bodypainting Day 2019. The event was organized by Human Connection Arts. This was the 6th annual event and it was at the Maria Hernandez Park. The park is in the artistic mecca of Bushwick in Brooklyn, NYC. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, July 20, 2019. New York City – Today was the Bodypainting Day 2019. The event was organized by Human Connection Arts. This was the 6th annual event and it was at the Maria Hernandez Park. The park is in the artistic mecca of Bushwick in Brooklyn, NYC. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

Human Connection Arts, Organizers of the event say on their website www.HumanConnectionArts.org: “Our mission is to share who we are as human beings, to build a community accepting of ourselves and each other. Through interactive public art events we follow our vision to inspire human connection around the world.

Our History

Since 2007, Andy Golub has painted bodies in the public streets of New York City on hundreds of occasions. At first glance, these performances may seem innocuous, but they actually address a variety of societal issues:

  • Contrast between art and advertising in the public space;
  • Role of street art versus gallery art;
  • Appropriateness of public nudity;
  • Distinction between nudity and sexuality; and
  • Use of the human form as an aesthetic versus personal identity.

These performances led to arrests in 2011, which were subsequently dismissed. In 2013, the NY Police Department acknowledged that public nudity is legal for the sake of art. One year later, with the help of many people in both the nudist community and from the body painting community, Andy organized the first NYC Bodypainting Day. By 2016, Bodypainting Day had expanded to Amsterdam, Brussels and San Francisco.

In January of 2017, Andy launched the non-profit organization, Human Connection Arts. HCA is now producing all Bodypainting Day events as well as new dynamic public events involving various art forms.

Andy’s art has had a significant impact on artists, models and the public. By building a talented board and staff, Human Connection Arts will continue and expand on advancing these values.

  • Forming a unique connection between artist and model during body painting.
  • Sharing the connection and transformational process with the public.
  • Showing by example that following your dreams or inspirations is possible.
  • Infusing the public space with non-commercial, artistic expression.
  • Displaying our vulnerabilities as models and artists for the public.”

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Saturday, July 20, 2019. New York City – Today was the Bodypainting Day 2019. The event was organized by Human Connection Arts. This was the 6th annual event and it was at the Maria Hernandez Park. The park is in the artistic mecca of Bushwick in Brooklyn, NYC. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, July 20, 2019. New York City – Today was the Bodypainting Day 2019. The event was organized by Human Connection Arts. This was the 6th annual event and it was at the Maria Hernandez Park. The park is in the artistic mecca of Bushwick in Brooklyn, NYC. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

“Body painting is a form of body art where artwork is painted directly onto the human skin. Unlike tattoos and other forms of body art, body painting is temporary, lasting several hours or sometimes up to a few weeks (in the case of mehndi or “henna tattoos” about two weeks). Body painting that is limited to the face is known as “face painting”. Body painting is also referred to as (a form of) “temporary tattoo”. Large scale or full-body painting is more commonly referred to as body painting, while smaller or more detailed work can sometimes be referred to as temporary tattoos.

Body painting with a grey or white paint made from natural pigments including clay, chalk, ash and cattle dung is traditional in many tribal cultures. Often worn during cultural ceremonies, it is believed to assist with the moderation of body heat and the use of striped patterns may reduce the incidence of biting insects. It still survives in this ancient form among Indigenous Australians and in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia, as well as in New Zealand and the Pacific islands. A semi-permanent form of body painting known as Mehndi, using dyes made of henna leaves (hence also known rather erroneously as “henna tattoo”), is practiced in India, especially on brides. Since the late 1990s, Mehndi has become popular amongst young women in the Western world.

Many indigenous peoples of Central and South America paint jagua tattoos, or designs with Genipa americana juice on their bodies. Indigenous peoples of South America traditionally use annatto, huito, or wet charcoal to decorate their faces and bodies. Huito is semi-permanent, and it generally takes weeks for this black dye to fade.”_Wikipedia.org

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Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps in the United States of America.

Saturday, July 13, 2019. New York City – People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan, yesterday, Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump.

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Organizers said on their website www.LightsForLiberty.org, “On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.

Key events are planned in El Paso, Texas, where migrants are being housed in outdoor conditions under a bridge with no running water for months at a time; Homestead, FL, at a migrant child detention facility that has caused mass abuse and neglect; in San Diego, near the point of entry site from Tijuana; in New York City, at Foley Square, where hundreds of migrants are processed through detention a day; and in Washington, DC, in Lafayette Park, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps and impeach the President. Legislators, activists, organizers, and members of impacted communities will speak prior to the candlelight vigil.

Across this country, we have witnessed acts against people fleeing persecution many of us thought we would never see in modern times.

At Trump’s concentration camps, teen mothers and babies are held outdoors in “dog pounds.” We have witnessed the sick and elderly confined to “icebox” rooms for weeks at a time. Unbelievably, children as young as 4 months are taken from their parents, medicine is confiscated, and medical care withheld, and LGBTQ and disabled individuals are held in solitary confinement.

“The Trump administration’s immigration policies and detention camps meet the United Nations’ definition of genocide and crimes against humanity,” said Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, lawyer, activist and organizer. “Congress is refusing to stop the president and his policies. We cannot allow these atrocities to be perpetrated in our name.”

Perhaps most terrifying, refugees are beginning to be moved onto military grounds, where there will be a lack of oversight from the media, lawyers, and human rights monitors.

“Now is the time for every person to stand up and say, ‘We will not accept this!’ No more hesitating. No more denial. No more fear. We need to be bold, and loud, and unrelenting. That’s the only way we can stop this,” said Kristin Mink, activist and organizer.”

Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers, said: “We are teachers, nurses and others who work to help others every day. What the United States is doing at our southern border in these detention camps is an abomination to the soul of our country and is contrary to everything we do. In the aftermath of World War II, ‘never again’ was meant to mean never again. America led the world in the fight against human rights abuses. Now, these abuses are perpetrated by our own president on the southern border. Silence is not an option.”

Weingarten continued: “The Lights for Liberty vigil is showing it’s possible to resist the administration’s human rights abuses and point a path forward to a brighter, more just, future that honors the values that this country and the international community were founded on.”

“Every day, my loved ones, my family, my friends and I live in fear of my imminent deportation. Millions of immigrants live under this terror because of the hatred and racism of this administration. These policies are designed to target people of color and to ensure they are deported. It is heartening that so many cities, countries and people are taking part in Lights for Liberty to show that they care and are ready to stand up to hatred,” said Ravi Raghbir, undocumented person and Executive Director of New Sanctuary Coalition.

Friday, July 12, 2019. New York City - People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan on Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, July 12, 2019. New York City – People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan on Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

The Guardian writes that “US immigration officials have said immigration raids targeting thousands of families will take place in major cities across the United States starting on Sunday – less than a month after delaying a similar operation.

Such a move could see parents separated from US citizen children, more detained families and has already sparked a legal challenge.

Department of Homeland Security officials from the Trump administration, speaking anonymously, told newspapers that details of the raids had not been finalized, but would probably begin on Sunday in at least 10 major cities.

The raids would target at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported and crossed the border recently, though other undocumented people could also be arrested if the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agency intercepts them, according to the New York Times.”

Friday, July 12, 2019. New York City - People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan on Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, July 12, 2019. New York City – People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan on Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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New York City Pride March – WorldPride NYC – Stonewall50. 6/30/2019.

Monday, July 1, 2019. New York City – The NYC Pride March was yesterday, Sunday, June 30th, 2019. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate.

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Sunday, June 30th, 2019. New York City - Mexican women with the Mexican flag at the NYC Pride March. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate.
Sunday, June 30th, 2019. New York City – Mexican women with the Mexican flag at the NYC Pride March. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate.

Organizers say on their website www.NYCPride.org, “The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.

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Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019

“Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019, held in June of 2019, is a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019, with related events in Manhattan, across New York City, New York State, and throughout the world. The 2019 festival is the first time WorldPride, the annual global LGBTQ pride event, is being held in the United States. The theme of the celebration and educational events is, “One World, One Pride, One New York City – Unite in 2019.”

The Stonewall uprising of June 1969 was a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in Greenwich Village, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, local street kids from the surrounding area, and members of the community who came from neighboring gay bars, fought back against an early morning police raid, refusing to be arrested for simply patronizing a gay bar and being out in public. The Stonewall rebellion is widely considered to be one of the most important events, and by many the most important event, leading to the gay liberation movement, and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

The events were held throughout June, which is traditionally Pride month in New York City and worldwide, under the auspices of the annual NYC Pride March. Organizers are planning for Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019 to be the largest international LGBTQ event in history, and are expecting as many as four million people to attend in Manhattan alone. Currently, the NYC Pride March rivals the São Paulo LGBTQ Pride Parade as the world’s largest LGBTQ event with over three million people.”_Wikipedia.org

WorldPride

“WorldPride, licensed by InterPride and organized by one of its members, is an event that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT pride) issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000. The host cities are selected by InterPride, an international association of pride coordinators, at its annual general meeting.

On October 18, 2015, InterPride accepted a bid from Heritage of Pride, Inc. to host WorldPride NYC 2019 in New York City. The event will be held in conjunction with Stonewall 50, a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising of June 28, 1969, which occurred in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood and is widely considered to mark the start of the modern Gay Rights Movement (now more commonly referred to as the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights) in the United States. As of today, many of the standard New York City Pride events have been announced for WorldPride 2019, including The March, PrideFest, Pride Island, The Rally, Femme Fatale, and Fantasy. New events have been added to commemorate Stonewall 50. Many additional themed events and tours are also in the works such as Prom the Musical which will be on Broadway in New York City’s famous Theater District. Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019 announced their theme, One World, One Pride, One New York City – Unite in 2019.”_Wikipedia.org

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Sunday, June 30th, 2019. New York City - Woman wearing a beautiful costume at the NYC Pride March. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Sunday, June 30th, 2019. New York City – Woman wearing a beautiful costume at the NYC Pride March. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate.

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1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival 2019.

Monday, June 24, 2019. New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.

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Organizers said: “The 1 Bronx World Pride promotes inclusion, community, and dialogue and works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing Pride events that inspire, educate, and celebrate our diverse Bronx community. The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival brings together over 20,000 Bronxites working toward a more inclusive future for our community.”

New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.  The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. After the rally people marched the festival at 149th Street and 3rd Ave.  This handsome Latino man was one of the attendees who came to celebrate Bronx World Pride.
New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. After the rally people marched the festival at 149th Street and 3rd Ave. This handsome Latino man was one of the attendees who came to celebrate Bronx World Pride.

“The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. It is south of Westchester County; northeast and east of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of Queens, across the East River. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States.

The Bronx is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, and a flatter eastern section. East and west street names are divided by Jerome Avenue. The West Bronx was annexed to New York City in 1874, and the areas east of the Bronx River in 1895. Bronx County was separated from New York County in 1914. About a quarter of the Bronx’s area is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo in the borough’s north and center. These open spaces are situated primarily on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed north and east from Manhattan.

The name Bronx originated with Swedish-born Jonas Bronck, who established the first settlement in the area as part of the New Netherland colony in 1639. The native Lenape were displaced after 1643 by settlers. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bronx received many immigrant and migrant groups as it was transformed into an urban community, first from various European countries (particularly Ireland, Germany, and Italy) and later from the Caribbean region (particularly Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic), as well as African American migrants from the southern United States. This cultural mix has made The Bronx a wellspring of Latin music, hip hop and rock.”_Wikipedia.org

New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.
New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.

On Saturday, June 8th, 2019, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March.

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Brooklyn Pride is the only New York City night time parade/march. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com.

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

THE 15TH ANNUAL TRANS DAY OF ACTION will be on Friday, June 28, 2019. The rally starts at 4 PM. March Kick-Off at 5:00 PM from Washington Square Park Garibaldi Plaza.

Organizers say on their website alp.org, “Bring your rattles, maracas, and revolutionary spirit! We will take up time and space together in a rally and march for gender liberation. Join TransJustice in uplifting our New York City Communities of Color as we champion policy goals for advancing housing equity for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming in New York City.”

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

Harlem Pride is on Saturday, June 29, 2019. 12:00PM – 6:00PM. 12th Avenue and West 135th Street.

Organizers say on their website www.HarlemPride.org, “It’s 2019 and we are celebrating several things this year. First of all, 2019 marks our Harlem Pride 10th Anniversary. It’s also the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and on top of that we’ll celebrate World Pride coming to NYC and Harlem as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. This month we’re expecting over 20,000 attendees who will visit Harlem to participate in our festivities. We look forward to hosting each one of them and we hope you’ll join us!”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume.

The 27th Annual NYC Dyke March will be on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 5PM. Meet at Bryant Park, corner of 6th Ave and 42nd Street. The culmination of the protest will be in Washington Square Park.

Organizers say on their website nycdykemarch.com, “The New York City Dyke March is a protest march, not a parade.

The March is a demonstration of our First Amendment right to protest and takes place without permits or sponsors. We recognize that we must organize among ourselves to fight for our rights, safety, and visibility.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.”

On Sunday, June 30th is the Queer Liberation March and Pride March in Manhattan. People will celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

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Organizers of the Queer Liberation March say on their website reclaimpridenyc.org, “The Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march—no corporate floats, and no police in our march. Please see our statement on Why We March. We honor the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community, as we commit to addressing the ongoing struggles that we face.

Retracing the steps of the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March of 1970, the Reclaim Pride Coalition will gather in Sheridan Square, march all the way up 6th Avenue, and end with a rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn.”

Organizers of the Pride March in Manhattan say on their website NYCPride.org, “The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Semi nude man. His sign says: "LOVE." Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. The sign of this semi-nude man says: “LOVE.”

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Rally for elephant Happy’s Freedom in front of the Bronx Zoo. Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Bronx, New York City. Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – On Saturday, June 1, 2019, there was a rally in support of Happy’s freedom in front of the Bronx Zoo. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo.

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The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals.

Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Rally in support of Happy's freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy's fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Rally in support of Happy’s freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

The Nonhuman Rights Project, the organizers said on Facebook before the event: “Please join the Nonhuman Rights Project on June 1st as we rally in support of freedom for our elephant client Happy, a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo.

We will be joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund as we call for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary.

During the rally, NhRP attorneys and staff will give updates on our litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Representatives from supporting organizations will also speak about the work they are doing on behalf of nonhuman animals.

We’ll provide signs for attendees but feel free to bring your own. Please remember that this is a peaceful and respectful demonstration. This is an event where we band together to advocate for the end of Happy’s imprisonment.

INFORMATION ON HAPPY AND NHRP’S LITIGATION

With the NhRP’s landmark elephant rights litigation on Happy’s behalf headed to Bronx County, home of the Bronx Zoo, we are calling for recognition of Happy’s right to liberty and her release to an elephant sanctuary.

As we have argued in court with the support of world-renowned elephant experts, elephants are autonomous beings who suffer deeply when deprived of their freedom and prevented from interacting with other elephants (https://www.nonhumanrights.org/client-happy/). Thirteen years after the Bronx Zoo and the entity that operates it, the Wildlife Conservation Society, acknowledged it would be “inhumane to sustain an exhibit with a single elephant,” Happy still spends every day alone. In the winter months, she lives in a cage in a holding facility (https://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/07/nyregion/bronx-zoo-plans-to-endelephant-exhibit.html).

Happy is the first elephant in the world to demonstrate self-awareness via the mirror self-recognition test (https://www.livescience.com/4272-elephant-awareness-mirrors-humans.html). In December of 2018, two months after the NhRP filed a habeas corpus petition on her behalf, she became the first elephant in the world to have a habeas corpus hearing to determine the lawfulness of her imprisonment (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/happy-elephant-personhood/578818/). Happy’s court case is ongoing, and we hope the Bronx County Supreme Court will promptly order a hearing to consider the injustice being visited on her as an imprisoned autonomous being.

In February, the Orleans County Supreme Court decided to transfer Happy’s case to Bronx County, which we continue to view as a serious legal error; we make clear in our court filings that, according to New York habeas corpus procedure, we had the right to file in any county in the state and that we filed suit in Orleans County because the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department of which the Supreme Court is a part had correctly rejected tying legal personhood to being human.

In April, the Fourth Judicial Department denied appellate review on the issue of venue in Happy’s case, meaning the transfer will move forward and the ball is now in the Bronx County Supreme Court.

As with all our clients, we are fully confident in the justice of our arguments and prepared to continue the fight for Happy’s right to liberty and her release to a sanctuary wherever it takes us.

Whether through litigation or mounting public pressure, the Bronx Zoo must do the right thing for Happy and release her to one of the two operational sanctuaries in the US: the Performing Animal Welfare Society or the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

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Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Rally in support of Happy's freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy's fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Rally in support of Happy’s freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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High court judges in Botswana have ruled that laws criminalizing LGBTQ+ people are unconstitutional.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019. New York City – Victory for the LGBTQ+ community in Botswana after judges rule laws are unconstitutional.

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

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High court judges in Botswana ruled that laws criminalizing same-sex relations are unconstitutional and should be struck down. Homosexuality is illegal in most countries in the African continent. In some countries, LGBTQ+ people face life imprisonment or the death penalty. LGBTQ+ people in many countries face persecution, forcing them into hiding.

“Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized. Sexual orientation is not a fashion statement. It is an important attribute of one’s personality. A democratic nation is one that embraces tolerance, diversity, and open-mindedness … societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity … The state cannot be a sheriff in people’s bedrooms.” _Justice Michael Leburu

“This is a historic ruling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Botswana. It restores privacy, respect and dignity to the country’s LGBT people, and it is a day to celebrate pride, compassion and love.”_Gunilla Carlsson, executive director of UNAids.

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Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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