Text by Austin Mariasy and MJ Eckhouse. Photos by MJ Eckhouse.
Taking inspiration from the historical Women’s March in Washington D.C. on Jan. 21, #LGBTQ activists began planning a National Pride March in June. Crowd estimates for the Women’s March in D.C. range from 470,000 to 680,000. Estimates for total event participants in other cities (and even other countries and continents), range from 3.3 to 4.6 million.
These figures would make the Women’s March the biggest protest in U.S. history. Despite, or perhaps because of the protest’s massive size and publicity, some commentators have criticized its cissexism. Critics refer to marchers’ distinctive “pussy hats” and some protest signs implying that physical traits determine gender.
Still, the crowd’s massive size and impact on Jan. 21 inspired plans for June’s event.
Concerns about intersectionality align with LGBTQ communities’ concerns about the Trump administration. Poverty, racial profiling, healthcare access, immigration and incarceration issues all affect LGBTQ people. And Vice President Mike Pence is well-known within LGBTQ rights circles for his promotion of harmful conversion therapy and ‘religious freedom’ discrimination.
Organizers are working closely with Capitol Pride to schedule and plan an event on June 11, 2017 to coincide with D.C.’s annual pride festival. June is National Pride Month, so cities around the country will hold festivals throughout the month, but the event in D.C. could shape up to be one of the biggest in history.
On Jan. 21, the day of the Women’s March, David Bruinooge created a page on Facebook called National Pride March. The page has already received over 27,000 likes.
If you’re interested in preserving and advancing LGBTQ rights, make reservations, book your travel and attend this event which is bound to be historic.
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