June 30, 2012

To the Editor:

Thanks, Andy (“Pride 2012: New York’s Biggest LGBT Party,” posted online Jun. 25). This was wonderful — very thoughtful and useful for all of us.

I marched in the first Christopher Street Liberation Day March which later became the Gay Pride Parade, back in 1970 — so I get choked up every time I either march or see it again. My favorite memory from the 2012 parade — seeing four teenage girls from China at the parade, all in rainbow paraphernalia, all smiling like mad, and so happy to be there. I thought: who could not like this, who could not be thrilled by it?

My only complaint is that the noise level is killing me from monster amps on the floats. One of the worst, strangely enough, was from Callen-Lorde. I thought, this is an LGBT health center, and they're endangering my hearing! I find the noise level wearing, but I still love the parade. I will march in the 50th one with my remaining brothers and sisters from the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance. We are looking forward to it.

Perry Brass

The Bronx


June 30, 2012

To the Editor:

Thank you, Andy! I am so glad to hear Rollerena is still around! I remember Rollerena very well from the late 1970s. I would be eating pizza after leaving the bars, and there she would come, Everyone was always amused with the glamorous fairy, usually in a fleeting glimpse.

Carl Rosell


June 29, 2012

To the Editor:

Thanks, Andy, for capturing the true and diverse spirit of the day. It is indeed the best LGBT event of the year in New York — and accessible and free.

Cathy Renna

Shelter Island



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