June in the United States is celebrated as Pride Month, but Sunday’s Equality March in Washington, D.C. was not a party. Separately organized from Saturday’s Pride Parade, the march served as a declaration calling for “rights and dignity for all”—a direct response to the open hostility the Trump administration has demonstrated for LGBTQ people.
Organizers described the march as a mobilization of “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.”
At least 200,000 people from across the country marched for a politically charged platform including LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice, immigration justice, faith and religion, youth homelessness, and disability rights. The Stonewall Riots and the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando one year ago were commemorated throughout the march and rally.
“Whether it pertained to race, age, your chosen label, your gender identity, or any other perceived disparity: We have stood in solidarity with you, we ask you to stand in solidarity with us,” said Sara Ramirez, actor, singer and activist in her remarks.
Aurora Lloyd, True Colors Youth Fellow, shared her story of homelessness as a young person. She told the crowd that they shouldn’t wait to be told how they can help vulnerable LGBTQ youth: “Don’t ask what you can do to help—figure out what you can do best, and get out and do it!”