ALL PHOTOS By BERNARD MORISSET
Enormous rainbow-striped strings of balloons flew high over Fifth Avenue during the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade on Sunday, June 27.
Young people marched to draw attention to the violence that continues against the LGBT community, including the 2003 murder of Sakia Gunn, a lesbian teenager in Newark, New Jersey, and the murder the same year of Gwen Araujo, a transgendered teenager who lived in Newark, California.
American Veterans for Equal Rights New York, the local chapter of a national organization of gay and lesbian former service members, turn out for the main event on Sunday.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the oldest advocacy group serving the LGBT community, turned out a contingent of marchers in New York for the first time in 15 years.
^The first openly gay and HIV-positive candidate elected to the City Council, Manhattan Democratic State Sen. Tom Duane, an Albany lawmaker since 1998, greeted the crowds lining Fifth Avenue.
^With plenty of sun and hot temperatures on Sunday, there was plenty of opportunity to see very hot guys wearing very little.
>Dykes on Bikes held their prime position this year as a lead-off group in the annual march down Fifth Avenue.