Almost 250 people took time over their lunch hour to attend the event, making it the largest flag ceremony in Pride’s 25-year history.
In a two-day span, supporters of LGBT rights are joining in protest marches Sunday in dozens of cities in the US and overseas, and then observing Monday’s one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that killed 49 people at Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, Florida.
The massacre happened one year ago today during a Latin Night at LGBT+ nightclub Pulse, leaving 49 people dead and a further 53 injured, making it one of the worst mass shootings in modern USA history. The event is expected to attract as many as 100,000 people.
They also are concerned that President Trump, who campaigned as a potential ally of gays and lesbians, has stocked his administration with foes of LGBT rights, including Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. “This was the year to take to the streets and march”, said Stephen Macias, a spokesman for the organizers. “And it’s dead wrong”.
Not to be outdone, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who said that Trump “stands for the worst of everything”, led the crowd in a chant of “Impeach 45”.
In the age of Trump, where catastrophes pile up like dirty napkins at a McRib-eating contest, the “President Bannon” wisecrack can seem dated, but it still cuts deeply at Trump’s eggshell-fragile ego. She also added that Trump has appointed several anti-LGBT officials in the administration and that he has selected anti-LGBT Supreme Court Justice.
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Growing up in the First Nations community of Saddle Lake, Boyd Whiskeyjack always knew he was different from other kids.
“Ask yourself, who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community?”
Teresa Ewers said she attends the parade every year.
“Now let me tell you this, what our colleagues and I hear sometimes in the Congress. And some day I believe that will be proven out big league”. “There’s a growing hostile rhetoric from the White House and we don’t like the point of direction”, Washington march participant Daniel Dunlop told the BBC.
Conservative gay Americans, for their part, view the march as a partisan event emphasizing “division far more than equality”, said Gregory T. Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBT group.
During the seventh inning stretch, the park played Sia’s “The Greatest”, which she wrote in support of the LGBT community after the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. “All of this chicken-littling has turned the self-styled “Resistance” into little more than a hollow cliche”.