Gay pride festivities take place around the world year round but none is more emblematic of the LGBTQ struggle for full equality than New York City’s Gay Pride.  Of course, that’s because the gay rights movement started here in New York City at The Stonewall Inn 45 years ago this weekend.  In the nearly half-century since this movement began, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, queer and questioning people have started coming out of the closet, refusing to be silent, insisting on being seen and accepted for who we are.  It seems fitting that on gay pride weekend we ought to pause, take stock of where we are as a community and as a movement in order to better understand where we have come from and where we are going.We have waged our epic struggle for equal rights while enduring a massive and historic  epidemic that disproportionally afflicted our community.  Since the

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