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Gay Pride Parade becomes resistance march

WEST HOLLYWOOD — About 100,000 straight and gay people, minorities and not, stretched from Hollywood to West Hollywood June 11, as what used to be a raucous Gay Pride march this year became #ResistMarch to protest politics.

Helicopter video showed a crowd filling sidewalks and six traffic lanes on streets, which had been closed to traffic. Trucks were positioned from building to building at cross streets: barricades, apparently to block any would-be assailants in cars.

The event began at Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Avenue, heading west on Hollywood Boulevard. The route turned south at La Brea Avenue, west on Sunset Boulevard, south on Fairfax Avenue, then west on Santa Monica Boulevard, ending at the Pride Festival in West Hollywood.

As usual with West Hollywood street parties, Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards and some side streets were closed in West Hollywood.

March founder Brian Pendleton said he was inspired by the early pride demonstrations of the 1970s and the nationwide Women’s Marches held in January, a day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

“The mission is to march in unity with those who believe that America’s strength is its diversity,” organizers said in a prepared statement. “Not just LGBTQ people but all Americans and dreamers will be wrapped in the Rainbow Flag with unique, diverse, intersectional voices gathering together.

“We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. We are people of color. We are people of different faiths. We are people of all genders and no gender. We are immigrants. We are dreamers. We are people with disabilities. We are parents. We are allies.”

The group started forming at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., a rally with speakers and performances began.

Among the speakers were House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congress members Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff, West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman and LGBTQ pioneer the Rev. Troy Perry. Entertainers include singer Adam Lambert and actress-comedian Margaret Cho.

 

 

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