I attended the 2020 Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality this last Sunday which began with a rally at Foley Square, followed by a march up to Washington Square Park. It was a powerful showing of thousands of people who turned out in support of LGBTQ rights and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
This was the scene looking up 5th Avenue as the marchers entered Washington Square Park. My zoom lens makes the crowd look more compact than it was - throughout the event, I was always able to keep my distance from people and I never felt that people were too close at any time. The vast majority wore masks.
The previous day, I joined a Black Lives Matter march from Washington Square Park to City Hall. This was a much smaller group, but powerful nonetheless. What the following photos do not show is the chanting of names - Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Layleen Polanco, Philando Castile - as we made our way through the streets of Soho. As the names of the victims of police brutality echoed through the canyons of empty storefronts, I was overcome with emotion.
For those interested in helping but cannot attend protests or rallies, here is a comprehensive list of organizations and funds where you can donate to support Black Lives Matter.
See more of my photos from the 2020 Queer Liberation March here.
See more of my photos from recent NYC protests here.