Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns


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Pride March 2015 - June 28

UPDATED - 18 June

With the Supreme Court’s decision on Marriage Equality expected any day, the March organizers are expecting 2015 to be one of the largest Marches ever.  They have tried to give a more realistic idea of when we should arrive at the staging area than in years past.

The Episcopal Church will be Group 2 in Section 12 (the last section) of the March.  Marchers should meet on East 37th Street between Madison and Park Avenues.  Plan to arrive at the staging area by 2:30pm and not later than 3:00pm. You will not be able to cross Fifth Avenue below 42nd Street.  The float will join the March as it passes down Fifth Avenue.   The float will not have cut out steps this year, so anyone needing to ride will need to board prior to stepping off (steps will be provided at the beginning and he end of the March).  If you need to ride, please e-mail lgbtconcerns@dioceseny.org by Friday, June 26th for the boarding location.

A few pointers / rules set out by the organizers.   You may only join the March at the beginning.  You cannot join en route, although you may leave at any time.   The Group Leaders will have bathroom passes for those needing to use the porto-sans along the route.  Backpacks are discouraged and are subject to search by the NYPD.   No throwing of objects  to the crowd.  (This is not Mardi Gras.)

When we arrive at the end of the March, the float will go south on Greenwich Street, ALL on foot will go north.  If you are planning to attend Evensong at St. Luke’s after the March, we will circle around to the west.  It will not start without us.

Most of all.  Have fun.  Happy Pride.   Hope to see you on the 28th.

End of update

The Episcopal Church has, for years, been in the forefront of the full inclusion of LGBT persons in all aspects of our church lives.  We may not yet have attained all of our goals everywhere, but we are well on our way.   The LGBT Community needs to know this.  The annual NYC LGBT Pride March is one of the most visual and important ways that we have of reaching out to the LGBT Community, many of whom have given up on or been driven away from any organized religion.  With the Supreme Courtly likely to rule on marriage equality shortly before the March, the 2015 March is shaping up to be one of the largest ever.
The Committee on LGBT Concerns of the Episcopal Diocese of New York is arranging for a float and DJ in the 2015 LGBT Pride March.  The March takes place on Sunday, June 28th 2015.  It will proceed down Fifth Avenue from the lower 30s to its usual end point on Christopher and Greenwich in the West Village.  Exact details of where and when to meet will not be given to us by the March organizers until about a week before the March and will be added to this page as soon as we have them.  We have asked to be in the latter part of the March so that those of us with Sunday morning duties will be able to participate.  You do not have to register independently.  All you need to do is show up. All are encouraged to come and bring their parish banner.   We have been the largest religious contingent in the March for the past several years.  Let's keep it up.
The Diocese has provided some funding but we need your help to raise the necessary funds to pay for the float, DJ and march registration fees.  A total of $5000.00!
Checks should be made payable to:  The Episcopal Diocese of New York
With the notation LGBT Pride in the memo section
Send to:
The Ven. William Clay Parnell
Archdeacon for Mission
The Episcopal Diocese of New York
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY   10025
Thank you, and looking forward to seeing all of you at the March, whether you are Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Trans-Gender or Straight.  It's a fun day.
For more information contact lgbtconcerns@dioceseny.org



The Diocesan Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns is a committee of the Social Concerns Commission of the diocese.

This is its Mission Statement

The Diocesan Committee on LGBT Concerns promotes the visibility, equality and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning Episcopalians and their families in the diocese of New York

The Committee:
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for ministries, services and events within the diocese for its LGBTQ members, and supports and promotes these ministries
  • Partners with existing ministries that serve LGBTQ persons, such as Integrity New York, CFLAG (Clergy Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and the Interfaith Task Force for LGBTQ Youth
  • Promotes social witness for the experiences and needs of LGBTQ Episcopalians in the diocese
  • Identifies welcoming parishes within the diocese and works to engage additional parishes in the welcoming process
  • Advocates for policies that promote acceptance and equality for LGBTQ persons in the diocese, the larger church, and society at large

List of LGBT Committee Members

For further information or to become more involved, please e-mail us.

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