New York City's Pride organizers have announced that they are taking steps to ban police officers from attending events for the next 4 years.

With all members of law enforcement to be barred from participating in the annual march...

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And on-duty officers asked by organizers to keep at least a block away...

Pride - it's the most fabulous time of the year.

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June has, for years now, been the month of Pride.

People across the globe use this month to celebrate the impact that the LGBTQ+ community has had on the world.

Pride is the month wherein people really celebrate being themselves.

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People from all walks of life, who have faced prejudice at home and in their day-to-day lives, join in with the month-long celebration.

Though Pride hasn't always been so positive...

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Pride month was initially created to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which saw members of New York's gay community protest and fight for their rights.

At that time, Americans were living under an anti-gay legal system. On the morning of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, which catered for LGBTQ+ and other minority groups at the time.

This protest would eventually lead to gay liberation.

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The modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the US began with this riot.

Within 6 months, 2 gay activist organizations were formed in New York and, within just a few years, gay rights organizations were founded across the US and the rest of the world.

For the last fifty years, the full month of June has always been dedicated to celebrating this liberation...

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And every year, we see huge parties and parades from all over the world.

Today, the LGBTQ+ community is more liberated than ever before...

But recently, Pride celebrations have been a little different.

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many of the Pride celebrations have been put on hold.

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Because large crowds are still prohibited from gathering in most major countries across the world, the usual Pride parades and parties have been heavily impacted.

This year, NYC Pride will see their march take place on June 27th with both "a virtual format as well as to-be-determined in-person elements."

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Also in a virtual format will be the Rally on June 25th, which will feature a diverse array of speakers and activists.

And in their most recent update on Pride celebrations, NYC Pride has announced that police officers will be banned from attending events until 2025.

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And it's caused a lot of controversy online...

Announcing the ban of police officers from Pride events, NYC Pride organizers released a statement.

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"Effective immediately, NYC Pride will ban corrections and law enforcement exhibitors at NYC Pride events until 2025," it reads.

"At that time their participation will be reviewed by the Community Relations and Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion committees, as well as the Executive Board."

"In the meantime, NYC Pride will transition to providing increased community-based security and first responders, while simultaneously taking steps to reduce NYPD presence at events."

"The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason," the statement also explained.

"NYC Pride is unwilling to contribute in any way to creating an atmosphere of fear or harm for members of the community. The steps being taken by the organization challenge law enforcement to acknowledge their harm and to correct course moving forward, in hopes of making an impactful change."

Since the move was announced, the Gay Officers Action League, a non-profit representing gay and lesbian law enforcement in the city, has also released a statement.

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"The Gay Officers Action League ("GOAL") is disheartened by the decision to ban our group from participating in New York City Pride. Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) has long been a valued partner of our organization and its abrupt about-face in order to placate some of the activists in our community is shameful," it stated.

While a spokesperson for the NYPD spoke with AP and said: "The idea of officers being excluded is disheartening and runs counter to our shared values of inclusion and tolerance."

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"That said, we'll still be there to ensure traffic safety and good order during this huge, complex event."

What do you think of their decision?

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