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tens of thousands of people took to the streets in New York City on Sunday for world pride and to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that sparked a national and global equal rights movement for the LGBTQ community Reuters correspondent Dan Trotta is in New York almost every person I've talked to in preparation for this moment LGBTQ people activists and others have said that it is both a reason for celebration and a call to action yes there been tremendous advances not the least of which is marriage equality the people also very concerned about the state of affairs from the trump administration which has been rolling back many of the advances that they achieved under the Obama years and has been %HESITATION setting forth policies and appointing , religious conservatives in the federal bureaucracy to roll back L. G. B. T. rights democratic presidential candidates vying to challenge trump in twenty twenty marched over the weekend as well Vermont senator Bernie Sanders marched in Nashua New Hampshire and California senator Kamilla Heris road in a red convertible in San Francisco's parade after speaking at the Alice B. Toklas club any will pry breakfast the current White House , probably no knowledge of this , New York city's parade was preempted by anti corporate dissidents who staged their own protest rejecting a uniformed police presence and commercial sponsorship is quite a significant criticism of corporate sponsorships in this event I'm like fifty years ago when no corporation would go near the community all the major companies doing their best to get their name out in front saying we are proud as well the problem with that as some people say is that the interest don't always align with the movements interests for example %HESITATION corporate sponsors may talk a good game when it comes to LGBT Q. rights by the same time they may be supporting our sponsoring politicians in Washington who have a %HESITATION %HESITATION quite the opposite agenda similar parades were held in countries around the world including France Mexico Portugal in India north Macedonia held its first gay pride March on Saturday in Singapore marchers called for scrapping a law that bans gay sex and in Turkey is Stan Bowles gay and transgender community gathered for a small rally on Sunday that ended with tear gas and rubber bullets after the annual March was banned for the fifth consecutive year