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'We're Here, We're Queer, and We're Not Going Shopping!' Protesters Call Out Corporate Sponsorship at Pride Parade

OccuPriders say the Pride celebration has become another commercial event, co-opted by corporate interests.

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“I’ve been to a number of Prides, and this is the first time I actually felt part of the queer community,” Rouskey said. “I’m proud of the fact that we stood up in front of a million people on the streets and said, ‘This is ours.’ That’s the ideal Pride situation. And I can’t wait for next year.”

Alyssa Figueroa is an intern at AlterNet. She is a recent Ithaca College graduate who double-majored in journalism and politics. Follow her on Twitter @alyssa_fig.