Across US, thousands rallying and marching for LGBT rights

Members of the Los Angeles-area gay community were expected to walk en masse through the city on Sunday in a so-called Resist March against President Donald Trump, an event taking the place of the annual pride parade.

Throngs of marchers, many thousands strong, paraded past the White House and toward the Capitol, trailing behind a giant rainbow flag near the head of the procession.

"When I think about it, it saddens me so much I get goosebumps because I can't imagine people out just having a great time and for them to lose their lives like that it truly saddens me", said Rima Shahid, one of the people who was part of the memorial to the Pulse victims.

The D.C. Capital Pride Parade was disrupted by protesters Saturday who say the event is too corporate and marginalizes minorities and the very community the tradition was created to celebrate.

Damian Jessup, 30, who travelled from Norfolk, Virginia, to march with gay Republicans, defended Trump and his support for gays.

"I'm happy that we get to do it, like what happened at Stonewall", he said.

The "Equality March" comes just one day before the one year anniversary of the deadly shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, and RuPaul, the host of "RuPaul's Drag Race". That's where the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church and Christopher Street West, planned to lead the crowd in prayer and a moment of silence for the 49 people gunned down almost a year to the date in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. "I will tell you who the better friend is". I know that you have the courage.

"The reason we're all marching on the 11th is because it's our job to stay visible and to stay louder than ever", Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, a nonprofit that monitors the media's portrayal of LGBT people.

The change came as President Donald Trump failed to acknowledge June as Pride month in the US, opting not to issue a statement in support of the LGBTQ community as his predecessor Barack Obama had done.

"When you look at the issues that have come up with police being involved in other parades, it's because segments of the community weren't comfortable with the police", he said. "There absolutely is a resistance aspect to this march".

According to the New York TImes, Capital Pride parade was among the much-awaited gay pride events scheduled this weekend for cities across the United States, including Detroit, Boston, Milwaukee, and Kalamazoo.

  • Zachary Reyes