NEW YORK — New Year, New Year!
That was the message from the Brooklyn Pride Parade organizers at a New Year Eve party that kicked off in the Bronx.
The party, which included a dance party, included performances by local hip hop artists as well as performances by New York City bands.
New York’s LGBT community has been fighting against discrimination and oppression for decades.
There is no official count of how many people are living as LGBT in New York.
However, statistics suggest that in 2014, New York had the highest number of reported anti-LGBT violence in the country.
Gay men and lesbians were nearly four times as likely as heterosexuals to be the victims of a hate crime, according to the 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union of New York State.
The same report found that the vast majority of hate crimes were perpetrated by people who identified as straight.
Pride organizers said the party was intended to give everyone a little celebration.
The parade is one of several held annually in the city and is the first time that gay men and lesbian women have had a big, open-air party, organizers said.
It’s been an important part of our celebration and the party has been a huge success,” said Ali Ondo, a member of the New York state chapter of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
New Year has come and gone and so many people have been here and there has been celebration, he said.
The celebration, which will run from 1 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, was a tribute to the city’s LGBT history, said Pride coordinator Brian McDaniel.
It was meant to be a celebration of the history of our community and to make a statement about our equality, he told reporters.
New Yorkers will take part in a parade that will include a musical number, including one performed by New Orleans-based band La La Land, in which the cast includes La La West, the cast of Broadway’s Hamilton, and many other popular musical acts.
“There’s so much energy and joy in the crowd and it’s going be really great to have everybody there.””
It’s going to be really fun to do that, the first one,” McDaniel said.
“There’s so much energy and joy in the crowd and it’s going be really great to have everybody there.”