VETERANS DAY PARADE
WITHOUT MARCHERS WE CAN’T MARCH
Whether you served in
Iraq/Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, WWII or any other era,
if you are proud of your service and proud of being Gay,
we want you to march with us in the Veterans Day
Parade. We are America’s LGBTQ veterans’ service
organization, AVER –American Veterans For Equal Rights;
jointly marching with Transgender American Veterans
Association. Since 1990 we have fought for the right to
serve and for full and equal veterans’ benefits for LGBT
In the Gay Pride Parade, we are
often the only group proudly carrying an American flag.
In the Veterans Day Parade, we are the only group
proudly carrying a Rainbow flag! We carry both, along
with the POW/MIA flag. We want you to help carry our
flags, in pride, along with our LGBT Veterans banner and
our Transgender veterans’ banner. We are You. When we
march, people cheer like crazy and shout “thank you for
serving!” As people who never got thanks for our
sacrifice, it gives us goose bumps to hear it at last.
If its important, now, for us to be seen marching in
pride of our service and of who we are, then decide to
march this year with AVER/TAVA in the New York City
Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11th.
If you think someone else is going
to do it for you, its not going to happen. Without
marchers, we just can’t march. In 2003 we had over 30
marchers with a full color guard of flags. In 2006 we
had a block long contingent. We haven’t marched for 3
years now, because everyone decided to let someone else
do it. It didn’t happen. Without marchers, we can’t
In 2003, a 78 year old friend who
served in Korea in 1953, flew up to New York to march
with us in Pride. On every block, as we came into view,
10,000 people started clapping and shouting “thank you
for serving!” It was thunderous! My friend, a Marine
with more guts than anyone I’ve ever known, started to
cry. Thinking he was having a heart attack, I panicked
and asked him what was the matter, what was wrong.
Crying uncontrollably, he said, “NO ONE, no one ever
thanked me before for being a gay veteran and serving in
combat in the freezing hell of Korea.” He’d waited 50
He can’t march with us anymore
now. We want you to march with us in honor of your
service and his.
We need marchers to carry our flags
and banners. We need a volunteer with a car to drive
our gay disabled veterans in the parade. If we
don’t march, no one will notice our absence. If we DO
march, we will be noticed and cheered by thousands.
To march with AVER-NY, you have to
be a gay patriotic veteran proud of your service. Or
you can be a proud patriotic partner, parent, brother,
sister, son, daughter, or friend, proud of your
veteran’s service. We march in pride, no politics, no
protests, no shouting, no signs, just our flags and LGBT
banners and holding our heads high.
Do you qualify? Call or email us
today and commit to march in Pride in the NYC Veterans
Day Parade with us on Nov 11th. We need
your name, phone number and email address. You MUST
sign up in advance by October 18th to march with us.
Call AVER-NY at 718 849-5665 or
email us at