Sharpton to march in NYC pride parade
June 25 2005 12:00 AM ET
The Reverend Al
Sharpton said Friday that he will join Democrat Brian
Ellner, a gay candidate for Manhattan borough president, in
this year's 36th annual LGBT pride march Sunday in New
York City. This marks the first time that Sharpton
"This is about more than Al Sharpton and Brian
Ellner," Sharpton said. "It is about two people coming
together to address common issues. I am marching for
the first time this year because the HIV crisis in the
African-American community is of epidemic proportion, and
now is the time to take action. I know that Brian
Ellner will be an ally and a partner as we address the
issues that too few people are talking about."
Ellner said, "I am proud to have Reverend
Sharpton by my side for this march. Together we are
going to talk about the fact that nearly half of all
new HIV infections nationally are African-American and that
the fastest-growing HIV population in America is
African-American women. We can save lives. If I win
this race, I will stand up every day for the
African-American community, the LGBT community, and every
other community at risk."
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