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COURIER L 28 IFE, JUNE 11-17, 2021
Brighton Beach Pride returns to
BY MATT TRACY
A dedicated bunch braved the elements
in southern Brooklyn on May
30 and marched along the Riegelmann
Boardwalk to commemorate the fi fth
annual edition of Brighton Beach
The march, which was held virtually
last year due to the pandemic, returned
to its usual format: It kicked off
in Coney Island and proceeded east on
the mostly-deserted boardwalk on a wet
and rainy Sunday afternoon. RUSA
LGBT, a Russian LGBTQ organization
based in the area, led the march and
concluded the event with a brief rally
on the boardwalk.
In previous years, the march
drew some curious looks from some
of the spectators who encountered
the march — though there have also
been supporters clapping along. This
time around, with the boardwalk
largely emptied out, some of the few
onlookers recorded video on their
phones and others stopped to watch.
As usual, people at different points of
the march applauded in solidarity.
“Brighton Beach is changing very
slowly, but they know we are here,”
said lead organizer Lyosha Gorshkov.
After fi ve years of Brighton Beach
Pride, Gorshkov believes locals are
starting to realize that there is a
queer presence in the neighborhood.
“They know we exist,” he said.
“All of a sudden, homophobia has
been exposed in Brighton Beach —
and that’s the major achievement.”
Others who participated in the
march conveyed the signifi cance of
Brighton Beach Pride — especially
given that it focuses on the experience
of queer immigrants, including
those who have been driven
from their home countries because
of their sexual orientation or gender
“I know how hard it is for LGBTQI
people in Russia,” said one attendee
named Poulina, who lives in Queens.
“I was so glad to fi nd out that there are
Russians who live here in New York. I
feel like the weather wouldn’t stop anyone
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