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June 14, 2017: L.A. Pride

June 14, 2017

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Mara and I marched in L.A. Pride’s Resist March on Sunday with our friends Rosh and Robert. The march took the place of the annual parade to commemorate the first L.A. Pride event in 1970, when it really was a march. Very fitting, considering the current political climate and momentum to turn back the rights of the LGBT community (among other communities that are deemed too “different” by the alt-right).

I don’t know exactly how many people marched, but we were packed along Hollywood Boulevard for several blocks before heading into West Hollywood. So I’m guessing it was in the tens of thousands. Police were there, stationed at points along the way to protect the marchers, many of whom thanked the officers as they passed.

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Mara and I bought pink and blue transgender rights flags and were acknowledged by several people watching from the sidelines who were calling out for protection of trans kids. It made me think of the victories those kids have had in their struggles just to use the public restrooms that match their gender identity. (BTW, someone at the march was wearing a T-shirt that said, “You can pee next to me.” Love it.)

This was the third march this year for us. (In fact, it was the third one we’ve ever done.) We also did the Women’s March in January and the Tax March in April. And every one of them was time well spent.

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