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!