Thousands of people – including lots of famous faces like Wendy Williams, Miranda Lambert, Andy Cohen, Donatella Versace to name a few – took to the streets of New York to march in support of LGBTQ WorldPride. But perhaps the most famous face was that of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Clinton is a longtime supporter of gay rights and has marched in the parade as far back as 19 years ago. But this year’s march came as a surprise to many as her participation in the parade was unannounced. Clinton arrived in the afternoon at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, walked for approximately four blocks, waved to the crowd and departed shortly after.
During her walk, she was joined by New York’s dignitaries Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Rev. Al Sharpton made an appearance walking beside Clinton as well.
The reaction to Clinton’s presence was mixed, but for the most part, parade-goers were thrilled to see Hillary there.
According to the New York Times, Clinton, as secretary of state focused on international gay rights, urging countries to accept gays and lesbians and in March 2013, she endorsed same-sex marriage both “personally and as a matter of policy and law.”
Clinton took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the event.
“Happy Pride Month!,” Hilary wrote “Gay rights are human rights, now and forever. This administration’s attacks on the LGBTQ+ community can never change that, and I’m proud to stand and fight with you to make sure those rights are recognized as they should be. 🌈”