"Stonewall began as a riot", Sian Lewis, a member of the D.C. planning committee for the Equality March, said, as "YMCA" by the Village People blared from large, black speakers behind her.
"They really don't do anything for us either", said Thompson.
A marcher hold a sign that reads "Love is Love is Love" on the National Mall. "Whether its bisexual politico Emily Dievendorf launching a petition to boycott Mitchfest's transgender exclusionary practices in 2014 or bi icon Dr. David Lourea creating safe sex workshops for gay and bisexual men facing an AIDS epidemic in 1984, bisexuals don't hide from the work".
"It's very important to express the importance of how far we've come", said 46-year-old Anthony Micheletti from Chicago. Yes, I mean calling them what they are, radical Islamic terrorists, those, our buddies on the left hesitantly call out for fear that [they] would be deemed heartless. "I didn't know what it was".
This year's march comes a day after anti-corporate protesters briefly blocked the route of a Washington, D.C., pride parade, in part in opposition to such corporate backers as Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) and weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N). They see it as an opportunity to note that while LGBT rights increased over the past decade, there's still a long way to go.
"We have those battles to continue to face and to fight here", Boissonnault said. The first pride parade took place soon after in NY on Sunday, June 28, 1970. If not, "across the block there's a party". She said Pride organizations, like Capital Pride, often find themselves caught between representing the interests of their diverse community and a need for funding. "And he has done nothing to respond to the violence targeting gay men in Chechnya".
Outside the Beltway, meanwhile, legal teams and organizations that once fought for same-sex marriage in courthouses across the country have been training their sites on a new goal -- so-called religious freedom bills at the state level that would allow individuals and businesses to deny services they feel are contrary to their religious beliefs.
"To make [the movement] political, makes it visible".
In Los Angeles, where the annual pride parade was renamed the ResistMarch, tens of thousands of people turned out to march in Hollywood, some carrying rainbow flags or signs reading "Love trumps hate". "So it's going back to our roots". This is the kind of ignorance that only provokes WHY there are Republicans and conservatives who grow to dislike gay people and their straight allies who tout this same ridiculous rhetoric of "accept or you're homophobic!"
"It's not our decision to politicize it", he said.