"Whose Streets? Our Streets!"
2009 LGBTQ Pride March
Analysis & Reflections | Tatiana Hernandez | Tuesday June 30, 2009 3:41
As I waved the flag proudly along with FIERCE members, I heard a couple of folks say a lot of different things such as "Thank you for your hard work" and "keep it up" and also "The idea at the pier was amazing". It felt great that there were numerous people who already knew the work that was being done for the community. Also that our messages about public space is being spread entirely accross the streets of New York, allowing me to gain encouragement to keep up this hard work that we do at FIERCE.
My preparations for the March included creating posters and translating english ones to spanish. One example was "Whose Streets? Our Streets!" | "La Calle de Quien? Nuestra Calle!" I also did outreach to youth who wanted to join in marching. I also had to remind others where we will be meeting and waking people up bright and early!
I think FIERCE was ready. But perhaps a little more energy would have been nice to pump up the crowd. Other then that, we worked great in combining who will carry posters, flags, and just making sure everyone was safe and helping one another out as the family we are.
My experience with FIERCE at the pride march was undefinable but very exciting. I love FIERCE!