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The Equality March for Unity and Pride, a grassroots movement to center the most marginalized in the LGBTQ+ communities, will happen this Sunday, June 11 in Washington DC.
The Equality March will occur on the eve of the one-year anniversary since the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The march and aims to honor the victims and uplift the resilience of the Orlando LGBTQ+ community during the march and rally. The Sacred Cloth project-Section 93 will be leading the march with their Rainbow25 Sea to Sea flag and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) will join with members of other GALA choruses from around the country to form a festival chorus titled L.O.V.E.-League of Voices for Equality.
This week, it was announced that there will be a rally at the conclusion of the march on the National Mall. During the rally, a diverse group of LGBTQ+ individuals will speak on the march’s various platform issues, from racial justice and liberation for transgender individuals to youth empowerment and reproductive justice.
Speakers participating in the Equality March and Rally include:
Sara Ramirez, actor, singer and activist
Asia Kate Dillon, actor
Mandy Carter, Co-Founder of the National Black Justice Coalition
Dr. Imani Woody, Founding Director and CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults
Aurora Lloyd, True Colors Fund Youth Fellow
Doug Kimmel, Founder of SAGE
Sarah McBride, Human Rights Campaign National Press Secretary
Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & AIDS Project
Charlie Carver, actor
Jason Collins, NBA player, activist, NBA Global Ambassador
Noel Gordon, HRC Senior Specialist, HIV Prevention & Health Equity
Nicole Murray Ramirez, National Co-Chair, International Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico
Javier Cifuentes, HRC Youth Ambassador
“The Equality March and sister events across the country, will give voice to our concerns, and support, uplift and bring attention to those in our communities who are targeted due to immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender and disability,” says David Bruinooge, Founder of the Equality March for Unity and Pride.
He continues: “Each speaker, in their own way, will address how progress has been made over the past decade in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ inclusion, access, and justice, and what work remains to be done. It’s our time to march and fight to affirm and protect our rights, our safety, and our full humanity.”
The starting location for the march will be on I (Eye) Street between 17th and 14th Street NW. Beginning at 10:00am EST, marchers will walk south on 17th Street, east onto Pennsylvania Ave, south on to 15th Street, east on Constitution Ave, ending at 7th Street onto the National Mall. The rally will begin around 12:00pm and be held near the intersection of 3rd Street and Madison Drive NW.
Sister marches are planned in more than 60 cities across the country in solidarity with the DC march’s mission. To find out what’s happening in your city, visit here.