Protesters march for equality during LGBTQ Pride Month
Jun 12 2017
June is Pride Month, and the central event of the Equality March was in Washington D.C., which also celebrated Pride over the weekend.
"It's an opportunity to tell everyone we're still here, and we're not going away at all", said Gregory Elfers of Teaneck, New Jersey, who was with a contingent from the New York City Gay Men's Chorus.
Estrellia Sanchez, a transgender woman from Atlanta who was born and raised in Mexico, said she attended the march to fight on multiple fronts - through her passions for immigration reform, prison reform and transgender rights. "We are Muslims. We are asylum seekers".
She said it's time to build a society that is a society for all.
"[Montclair State] is a queer friendly, diverse campus", said Kimberly McCarthy, a senior computer science major and member of the LGBTQ community.
Numerous those attending said they felt their community was under threat from the new government.
"The fact that Trump did not even recognise Pride month is an omen of what's to come, and we need to mobilise now", Mr Dunlop said. "You'll have to drag me in heels".
She noted Trump, breaking from the practice of Barack Obama, has declined to issue a proclamation in honor of Pride Month, and the Trump administration has deleted questions about sexual orientation from planned federal surveys.
Following the rally on the Courthouse Square, most of the participants took part in a march through downtown Lexington.
"No matter what folks in Frankfort have to say or what folks in Washington, D.C., have to say, we will not protest them".
The big event this week will be the Kentuckiana Pride Festival at the Belvedere Friday and Saturday night. "We will celebrate that fairness is a virtue that is important to each and every one of us", he said.
With temperatures up to 95 degrees, heat blazed off the backs of marchers as they lined up. There have been many angry protests, though this was not one of them.
Evan Wolfson, who founded Freedom to Marry, an organization often credited for same-sex marriage victories on state and federal levels, said the legislation stems from the same "anti-gay industry" as in the past, adding that the political and legal landscapes have changed since the Supreme Court guaranteed same-sex marriage equality in 2015.