Gay pride celebrations take place in New York and San Francisco (19 images)

Hundreds of thousands of people participated in gay pride parades in New York and San Francisco on June 25.

"This is not just fun, it’s a commemoration of the day gay people fought back," said San Francisco parade participant Joseph Amster, who is often seen giving tours around the city dressed as the famed San Francisco crackpot Emperor Norton. "If we all forget that, we will be oppressed again." Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo
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