Pride in Pictures: Out in the daylight

Freddy Pena, Jose Rodriguez and David at the West Side Piers during the Pride Parade, New York City, 1987.
Freddy Pena, Jose Rodriguez and David at the West Side Piers during the Pride Parade, New York City, 1987.Photo: Provided by Freddy Pena

So we can celebrate virtually, LGBTQ Nation asked our readers to share a photo with us from the first time they went to Pride. Submissions poured in from around the world, spanning every year from 1970 to 2019.

We’ve selected 30 of our favorite photos and stories so we can celebrate with a Pride In Pictures special series and we’ll be sharing them with you every day this month.

Name: 

Freddy Pena

Location:

West Side Piers, New York City

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What makes this photo special to you?

“This was us during the Pride Parade on June 28, 1988. I’m in pink (with the big cheese grin), along with Jose Rodriguez, and – for the life of me can’t remember his last name – but David ‘La Loca!’ is in white.

“I had been going to gay clubs like The Paradise Garage since the summer of 1985, but only felt comfortable enough to go to the parade in 1988, after a breakup with a closeted man.

“We were out and proud, barely in our 20s…literally out doors, in the DAYLIGHT – not just in a club like the Paradise Garage. I was happy to be with so many friends, even in the midst the AIDS epidemic. So many people are gone, but never forgotten.”

Freddy Pena, Jose Rodriguez and David at the West Side Piers during the Pride Parade, New York City, 1987.
Freddy Pena, Jose Rodriguez and David at the West Side Piers during the Pride Parade, New York City, 1987.

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