A massive crowd gathered on Sunday in West Hollywood to celebrate Gay Pride AND for a Resist March. Los Angeles LGBTQ community fought for its rights long and hard and whole-heartedly supports any minority’s fight for human rights threatened by the current administration in Washington D.C.
Many thousands of people (by some estimates over 100,000!) turned out with signs protesting for women’s rights, climate change, affordable healthcare and undocumented immigrants under siege.
The Gay Pride Parade is well-known for its colorful and sometimes outrageous outfits. This time many participants wore t-shirts “Make America Gay Again” (a brilliant take on President Trump’s “Make America Great Again”!), some “Jesus Resisted” t-shirts were spotted in the crowd as well.
Brian Pendleton, Founder of #ResistMarch said: “This year the LGBTQ+ community is lending its iconic rainbow flag to anyone who feels their rights are at risk and to everyone who believes that America’s strength is its diversity.” He continued by saying: “When they come for one of us, they come for all of us. Which is why we our diverse intersectional community must unite as one.”
Sentiments of the LGBTQ and Los Angeles community were validated by the presence of – and speeches given by – many special guests, among them: leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) as well as Hollywood celebrities all of whom spoke passionately for causes of the LGBTQ community and the Resistance Movement. (I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention that Los Angeles City leadership including LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA City Attorney Mike Feuer participated in 2017 Gay Pride and Resist March as well representing the feelings of vast majority of Angelenos!)
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) June 11, 2017
THANK YOU @ResistMarch @LAPRIDE @LALGBTCenter @MayorOfLA @LAPDHQ @LAPDHollywood @WeHoCity #volunteers & everyone who marched! #RESISTMARCH pic.twitter.com/TKU0jRoHSg — LA City Attorney (@CityAttorneyLA) June 11, 2017
Fittingly, the famous Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles sung “This Land is Your Land” at the conclusion of the event.
West Hollywood’s LGBTQ community has always been an important and integral part of Los Angeles. In 2017 – standing in solidarity with all fighting for human rights and social justice – L.A. LGBTQ community cemented its position as a powerful political voice for good on the national scene.
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich