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The gay pride parade is one of the biggest events of the year for the LGBT calendar. Founded in 1970 for the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, gay pride parades are a symbol of LGBT people's unwillingness to remain in the closet any longer. And they aren't all jockstraps and drag queens either--for their entire history, gay pride parades have always been a site of civic engagement, with a marked uptick in corporate participation in recent years. The Advocate has the best coverage of events the world over.
Experts have warned for months that the increase in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric pushed by those on the right would lead to acts of violence.
The group is going after the company for what is says is unlawful employment practices involving the company's diversity practices.
“It was so terrifying to have Nazis there that even the religious protesters and Gays Against Groomers left,” an organizer said.
As the LGBTQ+ community has become more accepted in American society, right-wing extremists have teamed up to target that community’s rights.
Within days of local officials celebrating the area as a safe-haven for LGBTQ+ people, vandals tried to destroy the joy.