Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

The event is expected to attract as many as 100,000 people.

Also marching, and singing freedom songs and patriotic songs along the way, were scores of members of gay choruses from various cities.

"We kind of lost our goal, I think, as a Pride parade, and that's our day and I always say that's our only one gay day we get".

Longtime LGBTQ advocate Cathy Renna, who works with Capital Pride, told NBC Out that corporate sponsorship of Pride events has been a hotly debated topic for generations.

The centerpiece event, the Equality March in Washington, was endorsed by virtually every major national advocacy group working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. "Then someone stood up and said, 'I'm a veteran".

The statement said that the Capital Pride Alliance, which organizes the annual parade, "has consistently demonstrated that it is more interested in accommodating the interests of Metropolitan police and of corporate sponsors than it is in supporting the very communities it supposedly represents".

In San Francisco, Pride organizers have not dropped their parade in favor of a protest but the SF Weekly newspaper reported that the event would include a "resistance contingent" and an immigrant rights speaker. Give them an inch, and it's invariably "SHUT UP RACIST/SEXIST/WHATEVERIST YOU OWE ME A MILE!" The march on Sunday will be an attempt to the let the Trump administration know that America's LGBT community will not be ignored, they say.

Macias, the Los Angeles march spokesman, said the complaints about this year's Resist March were due largely to a misunderstanding about its intentions and that the weekend still would feature gay pride festivities across the Los Angeles area.

This year's Pride parades are more than just a symbol of support for the LGBT community: They are centres of opposition to President Donald Trump. "We will be resisting forces that want to roll back our rights, and politicians who want to make us second-class citizens".

The events come amid new political challenges for the LGBT-rights movement in the United States and numerous reports of anti-LGBT violence and persecution overseas.

Lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and fellow California Democrats Adam Schiff, Ted Lieu, and Maxine Waters, are scheduled to address activists Sunday and challenge them on how they can better respond in the current political climate. Still others claim they have been outright banned from participating.

Talbert says he is pursuing legal action against Charlotte Pride.

Vice President Mike Pence signed the country's first state religious freedom bill into law in IN during his governorship in 2015. Officers beat gay patrons and arrested 14 for same-sex kissing - which was illegal during the time - at the Black Cat on New Year's Day 1967.

"There are things [Capital Pride] could do", Deerinwater said.

LGBT civil rights groups are also fighting so-called "bathroom bills", like North Carolina's now repealed law that targeted transgender people's use of public restrooms. "It made the connection between the physical violence of guns and the political attacks on our community".

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