Who is going to a Pride march today?

Attending mass gatherings is the best way to avoid viral infection, according to Science. See “Pride parades should go on despite monkeypox concerns: WHO” (The Hill, May 30):

A World Health Organization (WHO) adviser said on Monday that people should not change their plans to attend pride parades next month amid the increased circulation of monkeypox.

“It’s important that people who want to go out and celebrate gay pride, LGBTQ+ pride, to continue to go and plan to do so,” said Andy Seale, a strategies adviser in the WHO Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programmes.

WHO experts have pointed to sex at two recent raves in Europe as the leading theory for the spread of the virus, which is endemic in areas of Africa. The agency has said several cases have been reported among men who have sex with men, but cautioned it may be a reflection of “positive health seeking behavior” in that demographic, given that the cases were identified at sexual health clinics.

Seale said at Monday’s public briefing that the organization has linked cases to a number of “social events” in European countries.

Monkeypox and variant SARS-CoV-2 will presumably be celebrating at today’s NYC Pride March. From Wikipedia:

New York City Pride March is an event celebrating the LGBTQ community; it is one of the largest annual Pride marches in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants and millions of sidewalk spectators each June.

Readers: Who is going to a Pride event today? Below, Science explains why Pride events are typically in March rather than June here in Florida:


19 thoughts on “Who is going to a Pride march today?

  1. Apparently one can no longer describe monkeypox as “endemic in Africa”:


    “In the context of the current global outbreak, continued reference to, and nomenclature of this virus being African is not only inaccurate but is also discriminatory and stigmatizing.”

    The primary source of this hate speech is the WHO:


    “Monkeypox endemic countries are: Benin, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana (identified in animals only), Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan.”

    I’m glad to see they found a new playground after the Wuhan Virus.

    • They might have missed a spot there in London! They should hire the North Koreans to help them do it right.

  2. Folks who cannot make it today, don’t sweat it, there will be another one next month, the month after and after and after.

  3. Why are the alphabet people outraged over the dirty breeder people’s abortion access issues? Alphabet advocates told us the slippery slope theory was false. If there is no slippery slope how could there be a slippery slope that goes backwards and uphill?

    • Maybe because the SC said they’re coming after gay marriage and access to contraception next?

    • @Anonymous, SC is not coming after anyone, Senators, Congress and States are the ones coming after us and are the ones who give-it and / or take-it.

    • “Justice Clarence Thomas argued in a concurring opinion released on Friday that the Supreme Court “should reconsider” its past rulings codifying rights to contraception access, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage.”

      I guess the SC disagrees with you George.

    • Anon, has supreme court codified right to buy apple juice and sodas? If not to be consistent the supremes should make a ruling on them, if they had one on contraceptives. Or just nix one on contraceptives if they actually ruled on them in the past, which I am not sure about. But they will not go there, who will sue to limit access to contraceptives? Unless it is course nuns who are forced to provide contraceptives. Then indeed nuns should be set free.
      Same on marriages, if SCOTUS had ruled on regular marriages, should all pre-ruling marriages be considered illegitimate? How could they be there without the ruling? This sounds ridiculous. Supreme Court is on the right way to interpret the law and not manufacture it and instead follow US Constitution and we all shell applaud it.

    • > who will sue to limit access to contraceptives?

      The same religious fruitcakes that are suing to limit access to healthcare?

  4. I like your #Scientific photo showing the approximate relative locations of the Sun, Florida and Earth. It reminds me of a line from that great Tom Hanks / John Candy classic: “Volunteers” (1985) – when Lawrence Bourne, III (Hanks) steps off the plane in Thailand wearing a white tuxedo jacket and exclaims:

    “Jesus H. Christ, we must be a mile from the sun.”


    There are tons of other memorable lines in that film – and I highly recommend it – including:

    “You know, when you think about it…there’s a lot to be said for just playing with yourself!” – Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles) as “Toon.”

    Anyone who finds that clip wins the Internet today.

  5. I have to say, also, that I don’t understand the reasoning. A couple of days ago I listened to Terry Gross on NPR talking with a British author/epidemiologist/something who couldn’t stop talking about how overlapping, intersecting viral epidemics were our future. Shouldn’t the WHO be telling people to exercise a lot more caution in mass public gatherings – regardless of what cause they’re supporting – just out of an “abundance of caution?” It strikes me as completely inconsistent and terribly wrong, especially for an organization currently being led by an Ethiopian.

  6. The media abounds with photos of lesbians but I never saw a single lesbian in real life. These parades are just gay men.

    • BTW that article was published March 6, 2020 and nobody in the photo was wearing a mask!

  7. You should realize that if you, any of you, don’t go to a Pride event – Russia wins! Think about diversity communities that Russia is destroying!

    ‘Shast, is only 26, and is a queer performer popular on the Ukrainian LGBTQ scene.
    Once known for a drag act, Shast is now using his contacts as a stylist to help the army find materials and supplies.
    “If Russia wins, it means darkness. There will be no freedom, no opportunity to be yourself, no rights for diverse communities.”‘

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