With many politicians like President Donald Trump threatening to take away their rights, the LGBTQ community is in no mood to party. That’s why LA Pride is replacing its annual parade with a #ResistMarch. Find out all the details about this change and what it means for Los Angeles’s Pride Week.
1. Yes, there will not be a parade.
Instead of the colorful extravaganza, filled with floats and marchers celebrating all aspects of the LGBTQ+ community, the Los Angeles Pride Parade will instead be replaced with a #ResistMarch. The event will take pace on June 11, 2017 at Hollywood and Highland and head into West Hollywood. “Instead of a Pride Parade meant to celebrate our past progress, we are going to march to ensure all our futures,” the organizers said on their official site. “Just as we did in 1970’s first LGBTQ+ Pride, we are going to march in unity with those who believe that America’s strength is its diversity.”
2. The march will be a throwback to LA Pride’s origin.
“We’re getting back to our roots,” Brian Pendleton, a board member for Christopher Street West, the nonprofit that organizes the LA Pride Parade, said about changing the event to the Resist March, per the Los Angeles Times. “We will be resisting forces that want to roll back our rights, and politicians who want to make us second-class citizens.” The first LA Pride Parade happened in 1970 and was a much a protest for equality as it was a celebration.
3. A lot of people are expected to show up. A lot.
When the Women’s March took place across the world on Jan. 21, more than 750,000 people marched in L.A, according to the Advocate. With such a past turnout, organizers are expecting anywhere from 250,000 to half a million marchers.
4. This parade isn’t an Anti-Trump protest.
Even though it seems that President Donald Trump, 70, and his administration’s policies that threaten LGBTQ rights, are behind LA Pride’s temporary change, this protest is not being billed as strictly anti-Trump. “It’s not a red [state] thing or a blue [state] thing,” Brian said. ““It’s about marching for human rights, which are a Republican concept and a Democratic concept. …We’re changing the format this year to let people know we care about human rights, whether you’re a woman, a Dreamer, or an LGBTQ person.”
5. LA Pride Week will still go on.
Though the parade has been changed to the #ResistMarch, LA Pride Week (taking place from June 5-11) will still have many events celebrating LBGTQ people and culture. LA Pride Festival is still set for June 10-11, with many more events expected.
Are you sad that there won’t be a LA Pride Parade this year, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think having a #ResistMarch is the right thing to do?