1988 Pride March Photo

pic Photo by AnitaMartinez

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July 1, 1988, Halifax Citadel weather station: high 16, low 12. You can see people dressed for chilly weather.

TumaYoung says: The picture shows Michael Weir behind (Michael was instrumental with Queer Nation and Act Up with his then partner, Dan who lived at the Youth Hostel on Brunswick Street). Fred was walking behind him. Fred explained to me about the hanky code. LeAnne? Teals is also in the picture-she is the daughter of Anita Martinez who I believe must have taken the picture. Lynn Murphy is in the picture. Behind Fred is a young Jewish man who the following year gave a Jewish prayer at St. George's. He wore the prayer shawl.

DavidBackman? says: "That's me behind the front person holding the sign where you can see IN"

ScottMacNeil says: I am also in the picture....extreme far left with my head down wearing shorts and a jean jacket....can't remember being scared or seeing anyone with a bag over their head...I do remember chanting "We Will Overcome" and also the supporters who came out to see us remained in their cars......JJ Lyon is also in this picture you can see his face in the back. The young man wearing the white hoodie with CA showing is indeed Nathan Elling who the following year gave a Jewish prayer at St. George's. He wore the prayer shawl. The man next to him carrying a sign wearing a white ball cap is DavidBackman?.

AnitaMartinez says: I was sweet on (just a bit) a young photographer at the time Sara Avmatt..she is right in front with a big smile...Fred, With the Aids Coalition at the time is right behind second back..back a bit further is the partner at the time of Joanne Bond..name is Francine,(a good friend of ours who now resides in Mexico) beside her (on the left) is my daughter LeeAnne? and peaking over the plaid shirt behind is our Lynn Murphy...and then of course Scott and others I do not know.

NathanElling? says (via Scott): I totally remember that first parade. If I'm not mistaken it was the first parade in Halifax, wasn't it? I also remember the prayer. Some of those times are so sad to me because of all the people we lost. I think it was maybe Father Michael?? [probably MikeMacDonald] that asked me to do it. It was a prayer of remembrance. Yeah, some good days back then but some sad/difficult ones too. I remember doing an interview about gay rights on CBC I think. The bank I worked at was so stuffy the day after!