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PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | For the second year in a row, the NYC Pride Rally was held at Pier 26 on the Hudson River in Tribeca. The event this year, held Friday evening, June 27, included a wide array of activists and entertainers, including actress and activist Laverne Cox (Netflix's "Orange is the New Black"), who was one of the Pride March grand marshals on June 29 and was introduced by Susan Sarandon, Cox's fellow grand marshal Rea Carey, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, singer Demi Lovato, who appeared at the Pier Dance two nights later, Iraq war veteran, author, and activist Rob Smith ("Closets, Combat, and Coming Out"), and entertainer Sharon Needles.

IS ACETO RALLY crowd
The rally crowd.

 

Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox.

 

Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon.

 

 

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato.

Rob Smith, Afganistan Vet and author
Rob Smith.

Sharon Needles
Sharon Needles.

 

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Betty Who.

Carl Siciliano, Ali Fornay Ctr
Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center.

 

 

James Krellenstein, ACT Up
James Krellenstein of ACT UP.

Rea Carey, NGLTF
Rea Carey

 

 

 

 

ACETO RALLY Cellist from Well Strung
Well-Strung's cellist Daniel Shevlin.

Bruce Foley and Danny Garvey, Stonewall Vets
Stonewall veterans Bruce Foley and Danny Garvey.

 

 

Jacob Rudolph
Jacob Rudolph, a University of Miami sophomore and a Point Foundation scholar.

ACETO RALLY Judah Gavrah (I think, def Judah)
Judah Gavra.

 

Donna Redd, SISTAH
Donna Redd, executive director of S.i.S.T.A.H.

 

 

IS ACETO RALLY crowd at dusk

 

 

 

Updated 5:14 pm, July 20, 2018
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