The borough’s storied Bar Association came together as one on Saturday, June 11 for the Brooklyn Pride Parade in Park Slope.
Established in 1872, the Brooklyn Bar Association’s primary purpose is to promote professional competence among attorneys and increased respect for the legal system. At Brooklyn Pride, the group promoted inclusivity and acceptance during a particularly polarizing time across the country.
“Pride month is a time for remembrance, reflection and celebration and the atmosphere of the Brooklyn Pride parade was certainly celebratory,” said Christina Golkin, second vice president of the Brooklyn Bar Association and co-chair of the group’s LGBTQ+ committee. “I was thrilled that so many BBA members, including members from the executive board and judges from various courts chose to march.”
The Bar Association’s LGBTQ+ committee “strives to bring awareness to the legal profession regarding issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community and is always looking for new committee members,” Golkin said. “Allies are always welcome.”
The group’s newly inducted president, Richard Klass, was also proud to march in the Brooklyn Pride Parade, the only twilight parade on the northeast.
“As President of the Brooklyn Bar Association, I was really proud to march with my fellow members to show our Pride in the LGBTQ+ community,” Klass told Brooklyn Paper. “On top of that, it was a really fun and great event.”
The family-friendly parade encompassed Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, where thousands of locals of all ages lined the sidewalk and cheered on dozens of community groups, non-profit organizations, church groups, and politicians.