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Los Angeles 'Resist March' Replaces Pride Parade Which Replaced Gay Pride Parade

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Singer Adam Lambert at Los Angeles "Resist March" event. (Rex Features via AP Images)

Monday, 12 Jun 2017 07:06 AM

The Los Angeles pride parade, aka gay pride parade, this year was renamed the "Resist March," and tens of thousands turned out on Sunday, some carrying rainbow flags or signs reading "Love Trumps Hate" through Hollywood.

Speakers included U.S. Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Mayor Eric Garcetti and RuPaul, the host of "RuPaul's Drag Race."

Waters led the crowd in rousing chants of "impeach 45!"

She said "we're going to take our country back from him," and told the marchers that they have the strength, the courage and the power to do it.

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 supporters of LGBT rights celebrated their gains but showed 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.

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The Los Angeles pride parade, aka gay pride parade, this year was renamed the Resist March, and tens of thousands turned out on Sunday, some carrying rainbow flags or signs reading "Love Trumps Hate" through Hollywood.
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