Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

"I'm happy they have it every year".

This was not a pride parade. The group says the festival is too closely connected to corporations and others that members believe further marginalize transgender people.

"It's unfortunate that we've got several hundred thousand people that are now not able to see the parade unless they are moved by the police, which kind of breaks my heart", Renna said.

"We're here, we're queer, get that Cheeto out of here", was among the chants directed at Trump.

Participants were all ages. "[But] the battle lines are not where they were before and we have more to work with in those battles".

Brian Pendleton, the march organizer, told the L.A. Times that "the LGBTQ community is lending our iconic rainbow flag to anyone who feels like their rights are under threat and to anyone who feels like America's strength is its diversity".

Macias, the Los Angeles march spokesman, said the complaints about this year's Resist March were due largely to a misunderstanding about its intentions and that the weekend still would feature gay pride festivities across the Los Angeles area.

Police formed a block around the protesters but allowed them to carry on. "I didn't know what it was".

The Circle City IN Pride Festival will also include a march at the Statehouse Sunday at noon.

And many participants feel as if this time in history is a turning point for the LGBT movement.

"They can not go out in the street without being afraid of suffering violence". When I contacted Talbert, he told me the theme of their float was going to be "Gays for Trump".

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Nemat Sadat wandered around the mall after the Equality March with a sign proclaiming his identities: immigrant, gay, creator.

Echoing the day's theme of "resist, persist, insist", O'Farrell declared: "We resist persecution and authoritarianism, persist relentlessly in the fight ..."

"I want equity for my community who are incarcerated", she said. [There are] so many more straight allies who are proud to be here. "We wanted to show that we are Americans, love our country and our President". They all identify as gay men.

The leaders of the province's two right-wing political parties both said they would not attend the event because of scheduling.

"To make [the movement] political, makes it visible".

The Los Angeles pride parade was renamed the ResistMarch, and tens of thousands turned out, some carrying rainbow flags or signs reading "Love Trumps Hate" through Hollywood on Sunday.

Franchi echoed the feelings of the rest of the marchers in D.C. and back home.

"There is a lot of people in a lot of places who can not do something like this".

The entire month of June has historically been dedicated as Pride month, with celebrations all month across the country. Following the disruption of the parade by protesters, we were able to divert the parade from its scheduled route, thus ensuring that as many people as possible could watch the parade in its entirety.

Nemat Sadat says he's looking forward to all the progress that's left to be made.

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