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LGBT Peace Protest Easter Day for Equal Rights

A group of gay rights protesters joined this year’s Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue carrying images of victims of homophobic hate crimes and asking for marriage equality.

Julie Bolcer from The Advocate reports:

Two groups of LGBT activists joined the annual Easter Parade along Fifth Avenue in New York City on Sunday to remember victims of antigay bias and to demand full civil rights including marriage equality.

According to a news release, members of Queer Rising and Connecting Rainbows formed two processions among the throngs in Easter bonnets on Fifth Avenue between 44th and 57th Streets and converged in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They carried signs with photos of people killed or driven to suicide because of antigay hate and bullying.

The Associated Press adds:

Gay activists stood in front of the cathedral protesting ecclesiastical opposition to same-sex marriage, while honoring those who had lost their lives because of prejudice.

Among the victims was 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September. Prosecutors say he committed suicide after his sexual encounter with a man in his dorm room was captured on a webcam allegedly by a roommate who tried to broadcast it online.

“We’re here to memorialize our dead, and to pay tribute to Clementi and other hate crime victims,” said Scott Wooledge, 44, a member of the activist group Queer Rising who hoisted a banner depicting a raised fist.

He said activists are challenging the Roman Catholic Church “to live up to its doctrine of social justice” – by accepting marriage between gay partners.

Watch videos of the protest