More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Stand with New York. GLAAD Does.
On Sunday, July 24, across New York City's five boroughs, 484 couples said 'I do' on the first day that gay and lesbian couples were allowed to marry in the Empire State. Among those was GLAAD media-trained couple Alan Miles and Drew Glick. After 16 years together, the state of New York has finally and legally recognized Alan and Drew's relationship just as it would any other married couple.
As Alan and Drew prepared for their special day, GLAAD worked with the couple to share their story in news outlets across the country. From The Associated Press to USA Today, GLAAD helped Alan and Drew send a positive message about love and commitment to Americans everywhere, building support for full and unambiguous equality from coast to coast.
Regional, national and international news outlets reported on the record number of weddings that took place on Sunday in New York City, and GLAAD was there, on the ground, telling the stories of the couples who were making a lifelong promise to love and take care of each other. See a slide show of photos taken by GLAAD's staff on the ground.
Since the groundbreaking New York legislature vote in support of marriage equality last month, GLAAD has been working with both English and Spanish-speaking couples from across the state. We shared the stories of those couples who held their wedding ceremonies on Sunday, and we will continue to share them as more and more loving and committed couples get married in the Empire State. These are the media moments that move Americans to support equality. For about GLAAD's work with New York's couples, review this roundup.
This is a historic time. With your help, what's happened in New York could set the stage for other important marriage equality efforts around the nation and across the world. Join me today. Continue to Stand with New York. I do.