LGBT rights marches, rallies held across US

LGBT rights marches, rallies held across US

LGBT rights marches, rallies held across US

In the nation's capital and dozens of other US cities, supporters of LGBT rights mobilized for marches and rallies Sunday, celebrating their gains but showing anger over threats to those advances.

Tens of thousands of people dressed in rainbow attire and waving protest signs walked en masse through Los Angeles on Sunday in a "Resist March" against U.S. President Donald Trump, an event that took the place of the city's annual Pride parade.

Organizers say it's being sponsored by Clark County commissioners Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Chris Giunchigliani.

Roughly 100 marches and rallies were planned across the US, including the first-ever gay pride parade in Grosse Pointe, a prosperous Detroit suburb.

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The activists also complain that Trump, although he campaigned as a potential ally of gays and lesbians, has stocked his administration with many foes of LGBT-rights advances, including Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

In San Francisco, the SF Weekly newspaper reported the parade in that city would include a "resistance contingent" and an immigrant rights speaker.

For the LGBT community nationwide, it's an emotional time. The Republican has voiced support for gay rights but his administration has revoked federal guidelines that let transgender students use bathrooms of their choice.

"I believe it's all about free speech", said Julie, who came to see the parade from Atlanta. Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff, as well as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and comedian Margaret Cho. "I just don't know that doing it against our own community is a productive way to go".

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But while Trump's White House has been silent on the march and - unlike every year since 2009 - has not announced it will host a reception recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month, the departments of Defense and State are observing the month this year; and Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser to her father, took to Twitter to wish "everyone a joyful #Pride2017".

"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.

Waters led the crowd in rousing chants of "impeach 45!"

She noted that Trump, breaking from the practice of Barack Obama, has declined to issue a proclamation in honor of Pride Month, and that the Trump administration has deleted questions about sexual orientation from planned federal surveys.

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"We deserve to celebrate Pride without being forced alongside the Police who kill us", says Angela Peoples, one of the participants.

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