The New York City Pride Parade is a time for the LGBT community to stand up and celebrate.
This year, however, on its 46th annual occasion, there was an undeniable element of solemnness.
Held on Sunday, just two weeks after the Orlando shooting that left 49 men and women dead, there were reminders of the tragedy everywhere.
From parade participants walking in memoriam of the victims:
To the heightened police presence, who also displayed their support for the LGBT community:
It even included a brief appearance by Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton:
It was an act which — considering that Clinton opposed gay marriage until 2013 — some have called nothing more than a “politically advantageous” stunt.
Among the scenes of celebratory pride, joy, and remembrance of the Orlando victims, there was one banner that seemed to stand out:
That the banner — which reads “Republican Hate Kills” — was included among tributes to those slain in Orlando didn't sit well with everyone.
While many connected it to Omar Mateen, the shooter responsible for the Orlando attack:
Others argued that it was more about gun control:
The latter is likely a reference to the failed gun control measures that were proposed in the wake of the Orlando shooting.
Though House Democrats captured national media attention with a dramatic sit-in following the measures' failure. Two of the four proposed measures were introduced by Republicans and two by Democrats, and they were voted down by members on both sides of the aisle.