Christopher Street West (CSW), the organization who usually assembles L.A Pride, will be making arrangements for a resistance march instead of its usual celebratory parade. The event, taking place June 11, will host half-a-million attendees and will start from different points throughout West Hollywood and join together at Santa Monica Boulevard and march as one.
More than 8,600 people have already confirmed their attendance on Facebook. The idea came into fruition when one of the organizers Brian Pendleton posted on Facebook “Floats and marching bands are nice when we are not at war. Now is the time we shake things up and take to the streets.” The statement alone received 20,000 comments of support.
Pendleton told Queerty: “We want to resist apathy”.
The Resist march does not have a specific list of demands, but their Facebook has this message posted to it currently:
When any American’s rights are under threat, all our rights are threatened.
We are LGBTQ+. 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. And we are beautiful intersections of these. But most of all, we are American. Yet our rights are in jeopardy. Forces are gathering in government that intend to take away our hard-won basic human rights.
We are calling on everyone to peacefully march with us on June 11th from Hollywood and Highland to West Hollywood. Instead of a Pride Parade meant to celebrate our past progress, we are going to march to ensure all our futures. Just as we did in 1970’s first LGBTQ+ Pride, we are going to march in unity with those who believe that America’s strength is its diversity. Not just LGBTQ+ people but all Americans and dreamers will be wrapped in the Rainbow Flag and our unique, diverse, intersectional voices will come together in one harmonized proclamation.
We #RESIST forces that would divide us.
We #RESIST those who would take our liberty.
We #RESIST homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and racism.
Together we #RESIST
“We want to resist having our rights rolled back by an unenlightened administration. And we want to be all-inclusive. We want to make sure that it’s everyone in the rainbow spectrum out there being represented.” Said Pendleton.
The pride parade will still be held from June 10 to the 11th on a much smaller scale. There will most likely be only one entertainment stage opposed to the three they had last year. There will be no floats during the march due to safety issues. [LGBTQN]