Mayor Eric Adams condemned the planned disqualification of NYPD cops marching in next month’s Gay Pride Parade – but didn’t say he would skip the event if New York’s Finest can’t attend.
“Mayor Adams supports inclusivity and allows all New Yorkers to be true to themselves. Banning civil servants from wearing their uniforms at Pride is disappointing and goes against our freedom of expression. It’s one of the many reasons he has long campaigned and fought to allow LGBTQ+ officers to wear their uniforms in the Pride march. He will do the same ahead of next month’s parade,” spokesman Fabien Levy told The Post.
Levy has repeatedly refused to say whether the mayor would boycott the June 26 march if gay police officers are barred.
Cops and other local law enforcement officials appear to be banned from marching in the parade for the second straight year, according to a statement from Heritage of Pride, the organization running this week’s event.
“Starting in 2021, NYC Pride publicly banned corrections officers and law enforcement exhibitors from marching in their uniforms and participating in recruitment activities at NYC Pride events until at least 2025. This action was a step in the journey of transformative justice and reaffirmed our commitment to eliminating violence, harm and abuse at NYC Pride events,” the group said, reinforcing its policy.
The parade is set to return in full force after years of coronavirus-related disruptions.
Prior to 2021, LGBT officers were welcome at the parade, and members of the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) have regularly marched in uniform with the revelers since that organization’s inception in 1982. That all changed in the past year after the 2020 death of George Floyd left New York and other major cities in the grip of anti-police mania.
“We had a wonderful relationship with Heritage Of Pride. I would say Heritage Of Pride was one of the organizations that we were closest to,” Brian E. Downey, president of the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL), told The Post – lamenting the changing relationships.
Downey said his organization is in “ongoing” discussions with the parade organizers and that there is still a chance of a breakthrough.
The blocking of the best New Yorkers presents city politicians with an immediate dilemma over whether to attend the event. Former Mayor de Blasio said last year that banning LGBT police officers was a “mistake” and did not attend the parade.
Staten Island City Councilman David Carr, the first openly gay Republican ever elected to the chamber, said he was inclined to attend the celebrations but blocking cops would be a deal breaker.
“I think if the police aren’t welcome at this event and GOAL isn’t welcome, then I don’t see myself as a participant,” Carr said. “I think that [Mayor Adams] supported them when he was a member of the NYPD himself, so I am confident that he will do whatever he can to advocate for their inclusion.”
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