HOLLYWOOD, CA — Loud, proud, and united.
This past weekend marked an annual tradition in Los Angeles, as tens of thousands gathered in Hollywood to celebrate Pride Month.
But instead of the annual gay Pride parade known for its festive floats and party atmosphere, many activists held a resist march.
“We have to move forward move together as a group to fight the new administration, what they are against us for,” said community leader Karina Samala.
From women’s rights to healthcare to immigration, marchers raised main issues against President Donald Trump.
They say in his six months in office, Trump has already made moves against LGBTQ communities.
“His decision to not include gender orientation and sexual identity in the 2020 census literally is going to erase us from being counted in this country, despite what he says being a friend to the LGBTQ community, actions speak louder than words,” said Peter Cruz from Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team. “And his actions do not match his rhetoric, when he says he’s a friend to our community.”
Marchers say with members of the LGBT community dependent on local centers for health needs, the most painful one is the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“We have a lot of clients who are under ACA, so it’s been difficult for them. The center’s job is to help continue the services that we provide,” said Camille Araullo from LA LGBT Center.
For some like Alex DeOcampo, they’re taking the resistance out of the streets and to the polls.
“I think it’s important that we get involved, by 1 registering to vote and organizing our communities and to be outspoken to let people know where they stand, and to tell the Trump administration that we’re not going to put up with regulations and laws that are going to hurt everyone in this great country,” said DeOcampo.
While the march remained peaceful, some conservative groups as well as President Trump supporters showed up along the parade route, with a few engaging in shouting matches with the marchers.
While the parade was marked with themes of unity and resistance, it also remembered lost lives.
Nearly a year ago to this day, 49 people were massacred at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida. The parade honored them by walking with 49 purple balloons.