Steuben Day Parade Welcomes First LGBT Contingent



Veteran gay activist Rick Landman and Chicagoan Stephen Fuchs are organizing the first LGBT contingent in the German-American Steuben Parade New York this coming weekend.

LGBT-G, serving New York City’s LGBT Germans —which will march under the auspices of German Pulse’s LGBT Germany group — will gather at noon on 70th Street between Madison and Park Avenues for the September 17 march up to 86th Street. The contingent is in the seventh division, section A: 702.

Fuchs, who is the founder of LGBT Germany, an affiliate of German Pulse, a Chicago-based group that fosters interest in German culture, is the group’s marshal.

LGBT Germany participated last year as the first gay group in Chicago’s Steuben Parade.

The parade’s namesake, American Revolutionary War hero Baron Friedrich von Steuben, an immigrant from Prussia, was known for his same-sex relationships and wrote the manual to train General George Washington’s troops.

Landman, a son of German Holocaust survivors, explained that he was drawn to the event not only because of von Steuben’s role in LGBT and American history, but also because Germany, home by the late 19th century to Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute of Sexual Research in Berlin, was the birthplace of the modern LGBT movement.

“If you are interested in joining us, please email us at and put Steuben in the title,” Landman said. “We have the flags and banners and will ask everyone to wear a solid-colored shirt. Together we will make a rainbow as we walk.”

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