June 26, 2009
Associated Press (AP)

NEW YORK (AP) - A rally and the restoration of the "Gay Liberation" sculpture are among the events planned in New York City marking this year's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride celebrations.

A rally will be held Friday afternoon in Union Square. The group TransJustice is part of the Audre Lorde Project. Participants are protesting discrimination, injustice and violence against transgender people.

Elsewhere, crews were restoring the sculpture commemorating the Stonewall riots 40 years ago.

The sculpture by George Segal consists of 4 life-size bronze figures painted white. There are two women seated on a bench and two men standing nearby.

It's in a park across the street from the old Stonewall Inn. A police raid on the bar led to riots, a defining moment in the gay rights movement.

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