On Monday, June 12, Gays Against Guns and 20 partnering LGBTQ nightclubs participated in the one-year anniversary honoring the 49 victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre in New York City. The memorial, held at Sheridan Square in the West Village, was a solemn and joyfully defiant experience, as the tragedy that brought the fight for gun violence prevention directly into the LGBTQ nightlife community was remembered.
On Sunday, in the nation’s capital and dozens of other cities across the U.S., supporters of LGBT rights mobilized for marches and rallies, celebrating their gains but angered over threats to those advances.
The centerpiece event, the Equality March in Washington, was endorsed by virtually every major national advocacy group working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Leaders of those groups have been embittered by several actions of President Trump’s administration — including the rollback of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.
In Los Angeles, where the annual Pride parade was renamed #ResistMarch, tens of thousands of people turned out to march in Hollywood, some carrying rainbow flags or signs reading “Love trumps hate.” Speakers at the event included Mayor Eric Garcetti and RuPaul, the host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” (Getty/AP)