LGBTQ pride marches marked by protests across US

Newly freed Chelsea Manning appeared on a float in New York City's parade.

— -- The celebratory tone of gay pride marches from San Francisco to Istanbul on Sunday were undergirded by an atmosphere of political expression and protest.

As the same New York parade started, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that artist Anthony Goicolea was chosen to design the first official monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people commissioned by the state of New York. Goicolea's design will take the form of "nine boulders, some bisected with glass that acts as a prism and can emit a subtle rainbow," according to a report in The New York Times.

"Vulnerable communities are under attack right now, and they’re suffering systemic oppression, including transphobia, homophobia, and racism," Natalie James, who served as one of the organizers for DSA's contingent at the New York City Pride march, told ABC News by phone from the event. "We feel that socialism, as a political approach, is uniquely situated to addressing those issues."

Protesters held signs that read "No KKKops, make pride revolutionary again!" and "No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us," the paper reports.

In the progressive hub of San Francisco, some marchers used pride to criticize the influence of corporations on the event, with one woman holding a sign that said, "COPS and CORPORATIONS OUT OF OUR PARADE."

Other signs at the march also focused on health care and President Trump's immigration policies.

A transgender female activist at the San Francisco rally held a sign that read: "NO PRIDE FOR SOME WITHOUT LIBERATION FOR ALL OF US."

Trouble in Turkey

Protesters vowed to disobey the order, using a Turkish hashtag for "we march," according to the Associated Press, and police ultimately detained an estimated 20 people, according to Turkey's official Anadolu news agency.

Police established checkpoints in the area of Istanbul’s central Taksim Square to blunt the spread of the rally, the AP reports.

ABC News’s Engin Bas contributed to this report.

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