During NYC's Pride parade, Trudy Bermudez made a surprise proposal to her girlfriend.
It's not easy to steal the spotlight at New York City's Pride parade. After all, you're competing with an estimated 50,000 attendees, as well this year's featured guests, Lady Gaga and the "Queer Eye" cast.
But Trudy Bermudez and Tayreen Bonilla did just that.
Both are NYC firefighter medics and have been dating for about a year and a half. During the parade, Bermudez surprised Bonilla with a wedding proposal she'd been planning for months.
"I had absolutely no idea and apparently everybody else knew. I was completely oblivious to the whole thing," Bonilla said afterward.
The engagement was celebrated both in the moment and later, by the FDNY who noted the happy couple aren't just in love, they're heroes. They made news in 2017 after helping save the life of a man who had a heart attack during a Brooklyn car show.
She said yes! Congrats to #FDNY EMT Trudy Bermudez and Paramedic Tayreen Bonilla of #Station43 on your engagement!… https://t.co/h1Skf6orhA— FDNY (@FDNY) 1529871430
Last year, EMT Trudy Bermudez and Paramedic Tayreen Bonilla #Station43 helped save the life of Ken Taskent, one of… https://t.co/eMZcYjFheK— FDNY (@FDNY) 1529871487
Bermudez said that she decided to propose during the middle of the Pride route to share their love with everyone in attendance and those watching from afar. "We're proud of who we are, and we're very happy, and I wanted to share that with whoever enjoys happiness," she said.
Bonilla quickly said "yes" — and the photos are beautiful.
Photos of the proposal quickly made news and went viral across social media. And that shouldn't be too surprising. Just look at these two:
All photos by Kena Betancur/Getty Images.
Progress demands vigilance. But let's not forget that equality and love are winning.
The fight for equality continues. But Pride month is also a reminder of how far LGBTQ communities have come in recent years.
And if the reaction to Bermudez and Bonilla from people near and far is any indication, those advocating in the name of love will be victorious.