This Is What Democracy Looks Like - The Equality March for Unity and Pride
I am one of the local DC organizers for the Equality March. I slept restlessly the nigh before the March and awoke with an unsettled stomach. I couldn't eat breakfast and knew it would be hours before I could have a meal. Unease turned to elation when I got to McPherson Square, the rallying point for the start of the March. Thousands of people were already there ready to march.
The sound of the crowd and positive energy was so inspiring. Everyone was ready to march! Smiles, hugs, handshakes and social media!! Betsy DeVos showed up - well not really. We stepped off at 10:00 on schedule.
The route took us down 17th street, in front of the White House, near the Monument and the National Museum of the African American and down Constitution Avenue before entering the Mall. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washignton joined the parade on Constitution Ave and led the marchers in resistance songs and gay anthems. Many thanks to GMCW for coming out and making a huge contribution to the March. The rally took place at 3rd and Madison, in front of the US Capitol.
The White House looked completely deserted, hollow and lifeless; which was entirely fitting considering the current occupants.
Speakers are all grassroots leaders who represent a portion of the LGBT+ spectrum particularly those who have been marginalized which is consistent with the March's mission which follows
Mobilizing LGBTQ+ communities, our loved ones and our allies – with particular focus on those who have been actively silenced and neglected – in the fight to affirm and protect our rights, our safety and our full humanity.
Thanks to all who supported this historic event! We are not done. This is the beginning. Democracy is NOT a spectator sport. Stay vigilant and engaged or they will roll LGBTQ Rights, Civil Rights, Voting Rights and Health Care back to 1950. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE.