More than 100 NYLAG staff members, interns and friends marched alongside the agency’s Mobile Legal Help Center in the New York City Pride March on June 24, 2012.

It was NYLAG’s first year participating in the annual celebration, the route of which spans Fifth Avenue from East 38th Street to Christopher Street in the West Village. Entitled “Share the Love,” this year’s March commemorated the one-year anniversary of the passage of New York’s same-sex marriage law. A cloudless Sunday made for an especially festive occasion, involving approximately 500,000 participants and attracting an estimated one million spectators.

NYLAG made a big impact for its first appearance at the parade. Participants wore matching t-shirts, an abundance of rainbows and glitter, and carried signs proclaiming “NYLAG PRIDE” as they danced and chanted down the parade route. The Mobile Legal Help Center, with a giant rainbow “Pride” flag waving from its window, followed the group and demonstrated the New York State Office of Court Administration’s partnership with NYLAG in support of equal rights. Materials about NYLAG and the LGBT Law Project, accompanied by lollipops and branded decals, were handed out to spectators along the parade route, informing the diverse crowd about NYLAG’s free civil legal services.

While the passage of marriage equality in New York State is a milestone to be celebrated, NYLAG recognizes that LGBT communities still face numerous inequalities and discrimination when accessing critical services. The LGBT Law Project at NYLAG conducts outreach and provides culturally sensitive legal services to surmount these barriers. Virginia Goggin, Director of the Project, is thrilled with the high level of participation in the parade, remarking, “NYLAG’s large and highly visible presence at the March made a strong statement that we support the right to justice of all individuals, regardless of sexual preference or gender identity.”

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