Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

Posted June 13, 2017

"We are asylum seekers", Griffin told CNN.

This year's march comes a day after anti-corporate protesters briefly blocked the route of a Washington, D.C., pride parade, in part in opposition to such corporate backers as Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) and weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N). "If you're not, "the right kind of gay", then you can't participate". "And it's dead wrong".

"We built coalitions and changed hearts and minds", he said, "Just like Proposition 8, we are going to defeat Donald Trump". "I'm gay, I'm proud, I'm open and I'm Republican".

"I think that's why a lot of gay men get married, because they were told its a choice, if it's a choice I wouldn't have chosen it, because it's hard, it's not a choice", said Price. "And some day I believe that will be proven out big league".

Macias said the complaints about this year's Resist March reflected a misunderstanding about the intentions of the organizers.

More than 20 national advocacy groups working on behalf of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans endorsed the Washington march, according to the march's website.

"That's why [Clark is] marching with the city councillors, to show that we are moving forward as a community to become an inclusive and diverse city", said Papadatos. "All of this chicken-littling has turned the self-styled "Resistance" into little more than a hollow cliche". It was organized to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, an uprising triggered by a police raid of a gay bar in New York City.

Papadatos added that it was important for the LGBT community to know there was support from city council.

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Among the activist leaders on hand in Washington was Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, which monitors media coverage of the LGBT community. "Our visibility has been our greatest strength". "We have stood together with the LGBT Community for 30 years and we remain committed to delivering thoughtful and strategic support to the community in the future".

Mayor Eric Garcetti also spoke, as did City Council member Mitch O'Farrell, who called Trump an "authoritarian", and listed the president's alleged crimes, provoking the crowd to chant: "Lock him up!"

Outside the Beltway, meanwhile, legal teams and organizations that once fought for same-sex marriage in courthouses across the country have been training their sites on a new goal -- so-called religious freedom bills at the state level that would allow individuals and businesses to deny services they feel are contrary to their religious beliefs.

Vice President Mike Pence signed the country's first state religious freedom bill into law in IN during his governorship in 2015.

Attendees celebrated the California Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

"There's no question there's a lot of things to be afraid of", he said.

"They just use us for advertisement".

They also point out that this was not the only group who had been rejected.