Thursday, November 13, 2008
My friend, Randy, emailed me a first-hand account:
"We arrived a little after 6:30 (the scheduled beginning time) and there were masses of people in front of the temple. So many signs, cameras, candles, chants. A lot of the NYC gay "glitteratti" were there - Michael Musto, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Marc Shaiman, Jake Shears - and it was very well-organized, thanks to a great behind-the-scenes team led by Andy Towle over at Towleroad.com. The police were present and were very accommodating. The temple had some burly bodyguards out front, too, but the police made sure no one got too near the entrance. We stood in front of the temple for a good half hour, and then began marching down Broadway to Columbus Circle. I don't think the police or the organizers were planning on the amount of people that showed up, because there were no lanes blocked off for us to march down. So we just shut down the street! It was the only way we could march. I'm sure it frustrated some drivers, but no one honked or got in anyone's face. We had lots of well-wishers along the way too, some even joining in the march. Once we arrived at Columbus Circle (only a few blocks south of where we started), I could tell people just wanted to keep marching. Unfortunately, we didn't have anywhere to go, so the crowd just swelled and swelled, chanting, yelling, singing. It was a very upbeat crowd - anger mixed with sincere optimism that we will ultimately prevail over these nonsensical pieces of legislation."
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