The LA Pride Parade was replaced this year with a Protest March appropriately called #resistmarch on June 11, 2017. In addition to LGBTQ rights, this year it about Human Rights in general.
This was a such a difference from the usual Pride Parade in West Hollywood consisting of celebration, floats and partying. But it definitely reflects the importance of these matters in the current political climate.
The March was scheduled for 8am on Sunday morning, and it was heartwarming to see the streets filling up with people at 7-something on a Sunday morning, with signs, flags, cameras, ready to march. There were people from all walks of life, motivated yet very peaceful.
There were amazing speakers, including my favorite, RuPaul. It was so special to have him there since he is such an icon for the LBGTQ community. He is my favorite because he uses his fame, his show, and his voice to elevate people, to spread the message of love and acceptance.
There were also some older people standing on the sidewalks during the march, thanking people for marching. So beautiful to see. It made me think of how they may have been marching back in 1970, and what they may have gone through in their own life. It must give them so much hope to see the thousands of people who are still standing and marching for their rights, even when they are unable to march.
I hope you enjoy some of my photos of the people and signs that day!
Rainbow pasties LA Resist March 2017
Resist and Persist LA Resist March 2017
Rainbow beauty LA Resist March 2017
Love Thy Neighbor LA Resist March 2017
Always be Proud LA Resist March 2017
Resist Fear LA Resist March 2017
Resist the Trumpire LA Resist March 2017
Peace LA Resist March 2017
Rainbow koosh ball LA Resist March 2017
The Last Straw LA Resist March 2017
Women’s Rights are Human Rights LA Resist March 2017
F Hate LA Resist March 2017
LA Resist March 2017
We are One LA Resist March 2017
We are Mostly Immigrants LA Resist March 2017
Drag Con 2017 was one of the best weekends of my life! Being surrounded by an overwhelming amount of beauty, talent, creative minds, colorful wigs, was like heaven. Rupaul’s Drag Race has brought drag into our living rooms and inspired and changed peoples lives, and has helped grow the appreciation and understanding of this art and the work that goes into it.
One of the great things about this show is that it helps us learn about ourselves. From how we handle our challenges, criticism and friendships/relationships, and how we present ourselves in life.
This year they even had a kids area with a bouncy house, coloring, face painting and stories. If only this would have existed when I was a child! As their website had stated, it is important for children to experience diversity at a young age.
I hope you enjoy these photos from Drag Con 2017 almost as much as I enjoyed taking them!