How it’s NY: Gay Pride was invented in New York City.
|John McNeill (3rd from Left) and Dignity NY in LGBT Pride Parade|
Born in Buffalo, NY, McNeill—a burly, bearded unassuming Irish-American now in his 80s—spent time in a German prisoner of war camp as a teenage soldier. His experiences there led to his involvement in the anti-Viet Nam War protests of the 1960s, when he served as a counselor for conscientious objectors. His desire for justice and love of humanity found its central expression in the service of Gay rights.
McNeill is the author of the groundbreaking theological study The Church and the Homosexual: Fourth Edition, the founder of the LGBT Catholic group Dignity/New York, and was a strong presence in the 80s Aids crisis.