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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 25: People participate in the Queer Liberation March on June 25, 2023 in New York City. The organizers created the Queer Liberation to provide a March without commercial influence and without police officers. They march each year

People participate in the Queer Liberation March on June 25, 2023 in New York City. T

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Pride Day in NYC 2023

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Zingha (Right) poses with a friend during the annual Black Trans Cookout hosted in Herbert Von King Park in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough in New York City, U.S. August 30, 2023.

Zingha (Right) poses with a friend during the annual Black Trans Cookout hosted in Herbert Von King Park

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 18: People pose for a portrait while attending a Juneteenth celebration in Fort Greene park on June 18, 2023 in the Brooklyn borough  in New York City. Originating in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth celebrates the a

People pose for a portrait while attending a Juneteenth celebration in Fort Greene park

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People participate in the Queer Liberation march to celebrate Pride in New York City, U.S. June 27, 2021.

People participate in the Queer Liberation march to celebrate Pride in New York City, U.S. June 27, 2021.

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Pride Day in NYC 2023

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Soul Summit, Fort Greene Park

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: People participate in a Day of the Dead parade in the Sunset Park neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough on October 30, 2022 in New York City. Day of the Dead is a celebratory holiday to remember the dead and this was the first an

Day of the Dead celebration in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: People participate in a Day of the Dead parade in the Sunset Park neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough on October 30, 2022 in New York City. Day of the Dead is a celebratory holiday to remember the dead and this was the first an

Day of the Dead celebration in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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An Aztec dance group called "Tlatenehualiztli" prepares to perform at Our Lady of Peace church for their mass in the Brooklyn borough in New York City, U.S. December 11, 2022. The busiest time of the year for Mariachi bands is around December 12th, the da

Aztec dancers perform on the Virgin of Guadalupe Day in Brooklyn.

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People participate in Eid Al Fitr prayer at the Masjid At Taqwa in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York, U.S., on April 21, 2023. Eid Al Fitr prayer marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Fulton Street between Franklin a

People participate in Eid Al Fitr prayer at the Masjid At Taqwa in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York, U.S., on April 21, 2023.

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People participate in Eid Al Fitr prayer at the Masjid At Taqwa in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York, U.S., on April 21, 2023. Eid Al Fitr prayer marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Photographer: Stephanie Keith

People participate in Eid Al Fitr prayer at the Masjid At Taqwa in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York, U.S., on April 21, 2023.

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People pose for a group photo during a celebration of Miss Columbia's life, a deceased member of the LGBTQ community, at Jacob Riis Park in the Queens borough of New York City, N.Y., August 27, 2022. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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Ralph Hopkins walks down the runway during an event he organized called "Ralph's Neon Oasis Beach Party" at Jacob Riis Park in the Queens borough of New York City, N.Y., September 17, 2022. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Ralph's Neon Oasis Beach Party at Riis Beach

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People hang out at Sexy Taco in the Harlem neighborhood in the Manhattan borough in New York

People hang out at Sexy Taco in the Harlem neighborhood in the Manhattan borough in New York City

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People hang out at The Shrine in the Harlem neighborhood in the Manhattan borough in New York City

People hang out at The Shrine in the Harlem neighborhood in the Manhattan borough in New York City

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People participate in the Queer Liberation march as part of Pride in New York City, U.S. June 26, 2022.  (Stephanie Keith for The New York Times)

Queer Liberation march

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People ride bicycles in Halloween costumes during "Bike Kill 13"

People ride bicycles in Halloween costumes during "Bike Kill 13"

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A "Gede Fet", a Haitian Vodou ceremony, is celebrated in Brooklyn, NY. A Hougan is possessed by a member of the extensive Gede spirit family, a Gede called Reserve.

 A Hougan (religious leader) is possessed by a member of the extensive Gede spirit family, a Gede called Reserve.

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Participants of Jouvert get ready in central Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush at 12 am. Jouvert, an early morning parade, kicks off the West Indies Day Parade f

Jouvert Carnival in Brooklyn Participants of Jouvert get ready in central Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush at 12 am.

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People participate in a parade called Jouvert that kicks off the West Indies Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough in New York City, U.S. September 5, 2022.  (Stephanie Keith for The New York Times)
PARADE People participate in a parade called Jouvert that kicks off the West Indies Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough in New York City, U.S. September 5, 2022. (Stephanie Keith for The New York Times)
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The lone parade truck is surrounded by revelers in central Brooklyn. Jouvert, an early morning parade, kicks off the West Indies Day Parade

The lone parade truck is surrounded by revelers in central Brooklyn.

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A Jab Jab manifestation

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People participate in a parade called Jouvert that kicks off the West Indies Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough in New York City, U.S. September 5, 2022.  (Stephanie Keith for The New York Times)
PARADE People participate in a parade called Jouvert that kicks off the West Indies Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough in New York City, U.S. September 5, 2022. (Stephanie Keith for The New York Times)
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People participate in the annual West Indian Day Parade on September 5, 2016 in New York City.

People participate in the annual West Indian Day Parade

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Hougan Amer assists a Vodou practitioner who is possessed by the Spirit Agwe, the Spirit who controls the oceans during a Vodou ceremony on a beach in Queens

Hougan Amer assists a Vodou practitioner who is possessed by the Spirit Agwe

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A "Gede Fet", a Haitian Vodou ceremony, is celebrated in Brooklyn, NY November 17, 2014.

These two Vodou religious leaders are possessed by Gede at the same time. The woman in purple sits underneath a painting of the Catholic representation of Gede, St. Gerard.

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People in costumes speak with each other during "Bike Kill 12" in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, October 31, 2015.

People in costumes speak with each other during "Bike Kill 12"

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Contestants, audience and judges create a distinctive queer performance scene at the MR(S) Williamsburg Pageant performed at 3 different gay bars in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on April 25, 2014.

Mr(S) Williamsburg competition

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Contestants, audience and judges create a distinctive queer performance scene at the MR(S) Williamsburg Pageant

MR(S) Williamsburg Pageant Contestants in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Contestants, audience and judges create a distinctive queer performance scene at the MR(S) Williamsburg Pageant performed at 3 different gay bars in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on April 25, 2014. Here, Chris of Hur (blond) performs. A new queen who calls herse

Mr(S) Williamsburg competition

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MR(S) Williamsburg Pageant Finals at LuLu's Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on May 3, 2014. The crowd reacts to Krystal Something Something's critique session.

Mr(S) Williamsburg competition

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: People participate in the 36th annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island on June 16, 2018 in New York City.

People participate in the 36th annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island

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 People in bathing suits run into the ocean during the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day swim January 1, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by

People in bathing suits run into the ocean during the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day swim

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Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival along 5th Avenue

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People wear Easter bonnets during in the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in New York City, New York, U.S. April 21, 2019.

People wear Easter bonnets during in the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in New York City

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A woman reacts to the sun coming out of the clouds during in the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in New York City

A woman reacts to the sun coming out of the clouds during in the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue in New York City

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Two women stand underneath a deer head and the American flag during the 98th Running of the Far Hills Race Meeting at Mooreland Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey, October 22, 2018.

Two women stand underneath a deer head and the American flag during the 98th Running of the Far Hills Race Meeting

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Washington Square Park

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Bianca

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People celebrate the life of David Bowie in Brooklyn

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Milky Lin (L),19 and her friend Camellia Zhong, 18, wear Lolita style fashion at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival on April 29, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY.

Milky Lin (L),19 and her friend Camellia Zhong, 18, wear Lolita style fashion at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival

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A clowns throughs confetti near police officers on 6th Ave. during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

A clowns throws confetti near police officers on 6th Ave. during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

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People participate in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City.

People participate in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th

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People hug during Eid

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 31: Queen Jean is arrested during a weekly protest in support of trans people near Washington Square Park on May 31, 2023 in New York City. Each week Qween Jean, a transwoman activist, gathers trans people and their allies for a r

Qween Jean is arrested during a weekly protest in support of trans people near Washington Square Park on May 31, 2023 in New York City.

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People participate in the Brooklyn Pride Parade along 5th Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn on June 10, 2023 in New York City. Photographer: Stephanie Keith

People participate in the Brooklyn Pride Parade along 5th Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn on June 10, 2023 in New York City.

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People participate in a Jewish religious ceremony called Srifes Chumetz involving a ritual burning of a bonfire before the start of Passover in the Brooklyn

People participate in a Jewish religious ceremony called Srifes Chumetz involving a ritual burning of a bonfire before the start of Passover in Brooklyn

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