Melrose—Last night, The Bronx became the first borough in New York City outsfirst reached out to our local New York City Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr. to see if we could get rainbow pride crosswalks in The Bronx, we didn\’t think it would actually happen.\nide of Manhattan to get a Pride crosswalk which were installed at 149th and 3rd and Melrose Avenues—the busiest intersection in The Bronx.
When we first reached out to our local New York City Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr. to see if we could get rainbow pride crosswalks in The Bronx, we didn’t think it would actually happen.
We also didn’t realize that if it did happen, it would be a historic moment for the LGBTQ community in The Bronx and the rest of the city.
This is truly a momentous occasion for our community and borough in acknowledging our visibility.
For too long the queer community of The Bronx was not just marginalized but treated as an obscure footnote.
But we won’t take that anymore.
The Pride Crosswalks is a signal to the world that we will not be invisible and we will not be forgotten.
It’s also a signal to the world that queer life does indeed exist outside of Manhattan well above the confines of the Village, Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen.
It’s also a signal to the world that queer people of color exist in a predominantly borough of people of color like The Bronx.
Now join us tomorrow at 10:30AM at the Bronx County Courthouse on 161st and Grand Concourse as we hold our pride march down to 3rd Avenue and 149th Street as we kick off our Bronx Pride Festival.