Mike Rogers

Occupy Wall Street Goes Gay

Filed By Mike Rogers | November 21, 2011 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: commitment ceremony, gay protests, occupy Wall Street, same-sex marriage, Zuccotti Park

Last month I found myself with some extra time to kill in Manhattan. Easily remembering how to move around the 722 miles of track that is the NYC Subway, I grabbed the #2 train to Wall Street. Once at the station I walked the 4 or 5 blocks to Zuccotti Park to see first hand what the Occupy Wall Street was like.

Walking up and down "streets" (paths between tents) it had the feel of a really hip flea market with hundreds of visitors walking aimlessly looking at everything they could see. Like a flea market, many of the tents were selling things. Want a supportive button or t-shirt? You can find dozens of designs in the park. Want to a piece of original artwork? That's there too. And so are the queers...

As I was walking around, I came upon a table of two people with a rainbow flag behind them. I was glad to see a queer presence at the protest and tossed some money in the box on the table to help buy meals for the occupiers. Our community is lucky to have participation in the event, as it shows a commitment to not only LGBT equality, but because it also shows our commitment to other progressive movements.

OWSPark-1.pngSo, as I was surfing around the web today, I was excited to see another opportunity of LGBT visibility. This morning, the Advocate posted an article on line: "Occupy Wall Street Hosts First Gay Wedding":

Protesters returned to Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan on Saturday for an afternoon of events that included the first same-sex wedding to take place at Occupy Wall Street.

The New York Daily News reports that activists Jonathan Lopez, 19, and Ivan Cabrera, 18, were married in "an unofficial ceremony" in the park that became synonymous with the global protests against economic inequality. Same-sex marriages have been available in New York since the marriage equality law took effect in July, but Gothamist reports that the wedding was the first such ceremony at the park.

Although it was not exactly a "same sex wedding," but an "unofficial ceremony," the end result is the same: LGBT visibility.

Photo credit: David Shankbone, WikiCommons

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