WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on LGBT pride marches around the United States (all times local):
In Los Angeles, the annual pride parade has been renamed the ResistMarch, and tens of thousands of people turned out in Hollywood, some carrying rainbow flags or signs reading “Love trumps hate.”
Speakers at the event included Mayor Eric Garcetti and RuPaul, the host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Chad Morgan told KABC-TV he’s inspired by gay parents walking with their children. He says “there are rights all across the board that are in jeopardy, that we need to show that we will fight for in America.”
Many of the 100 LGBT marches and rallies planned across the U.S. have become annual events, but Sunday marked the first-ever pride parade in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a prosperous Detroit suburb.
The one-mile march began at Grosse Pointe South High School to emphasize support for teens who are gay or transgender.
Two 15-year-old marchers, Jessica Dodge and Shekinah Aho, held hands and wore shirts that said, “Make America Gay Again.”
In the nation’s capital and dozens of other U.S. cities, supporters of LGBT rights mobilized for marches and rallies Sunday, celebrating their gains but showing anger over threats to those advances.
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. Leaders of those groups have been embittered by several actions of President Donald Trump’s administration — including the rollback of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.
The activists also complain that Trump, although he campaigned as a potential ally of gays and lesbians, has stocked his administration with many foes of LGBT-rights advances, including Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Throngs of marchers, many thousands strong, paraded past the White House and toward the Capitol, trailing behind a giant rainbow flag near the head of the procession.
“We’re here, we’re queer, get that Cheeto out of here,” was among the chants directed at Trump.