This year, instead of its usual parade, L.A. Pride is holding the #ResistMarch as a way of uniting the city’s diverse LGBTQ and activist communities. It’s going to be an event different from any other Pride march you’ve attended, which is why we’ve included it our list of 10 LGBTQ Pride celebrations worth traveling to in 2017.
In preparation for L.A.’s #ResistMarch, here are all the details you need to know.
What is the #ResistMarch?
Instead of a Pride Parade meant to celebrate past progress, #ResistMarch will be a gathering to ensure our future. Inspired by both 1970’s first LGBTQ Pride event and the recent Women’s March, Brian Pendleton, #ResistMarch founder and organizer, sought to march in unity with those who believe America’s strength is its diversity. And not just LGBTQ people but all Americans and dreamers, 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,” Pendleton said in a recent press release. “The #ResistMarch is to send a clear message that we will resist being divided from each other.”
When is the march?
The march takes place on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Spectators are instructed to gather at the Hollywood & Highland shopping complex at 8 a.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., and the march will begin around 9:30–10 a.m.. The main stage performances will begin around noon.
Where is the march?
The March begins in Hollywood at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland and ends in West Hollywood at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Peer, just past Robertson Boulevard. You can see a larger version of the march map, a list of what to bring and a look at other activities happening at the event.
Whether you’ll be using public transportation or your own vehicle to get to the march, organizers have suggestions about the easiest ways to arrive and depart.
Who is attending?
So far, the #ResistMarch has attracted the attendance of a handful of prominent politicians, activists and allies, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, activist Bamby Salcedo, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, activist musicians Haim, Adam Lambert and Margaret Cho — plus more to come.
In addition to the individuals above, the #ResistMarch has also attracted the support of corporations like the Hollywood and West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and gay bars The Abbey and Micky’s, plus a diverse array of community organizations including Equality California, the ACLU of Southern California, Lambda Legal, GLAAD, The Trevor Project, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, ACT UP / LA, Lambda Literary, the Tweakers Project and tons more.
Plus, as the march is taking place on the Sunday of L.A. Pride, after the march musicians including Brandy, Chromeo, Young M.A., Brooke Candy, iLoveMakonnen, Tish Hyman, Jesse Montana and Erika Jayne will perform!
We’ll see you there!
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