A mix of pride and anger at LGBT rights marches across US
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 6:36
"We are honoured and deeply humbled to accept the invitation of Grand Marshal for the Pride Parade", Boyd Whiskeyjack, Two-Spirit co-ordinator with the Edmonton Pride Centre, said in a news release.
The parade rerouted to 16th Street to avoid the protest.
Edmonton police are keeping open lines of communication with the city's LGBTQ community amid controversies in other Canadian cities over law enforcement participation in pride events.
The Resist march featured groups who feel threatened by Trump's administration, including Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, GLAAD, and Black Lives Matter, underscoring the wider threat many believe the president poses to marginalized sections of society.
Police formed a barricade around the demonstrators, allowing them to continue the protest, while re-routing the official parade down 16th Street.
Not to be outdone, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who said that Trump "stands for the worst of everything", led the crowd in a chant of "Impeach 45".
In particular, Sadat said, they were there to advocate against how the Trump administration has accepted human rights violations against the LGBT community across the world, like in his home country of Afghanistan.
The parade skipped a year in 1973 due to infighting among the organizers, "offensive" parade floats and opposition from some bar owners, according to The Advocate.
The parade started at Washington around 10 a.m. and ended at EXPO New Mexico.
The U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage is highlighted during the 2016 parade.
Albuquerque joined a national celebration of LGBTQ pride during Saturday's 41st annual Albuquerque Pridefest.
A You Can Play ambassador for the Capitals, Holtby has been a public and vocal supporter of LGBTQ causes and received the D.C. Pride Ally award for his dedication to issues of diversity, equality and inclusion in hockey. It began at Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Avenue, then moved to the heart of West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard.
In Washington, 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.
Laura Civica, who was marching on Sunday said she liked the "anti-capitalist aspect" of the parade. You can see the march route here.