Tens of thousands take to the streets in Resist March

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Dan Ortega hadn’t been to an LA in at least a decade.

The 54-year-old realtor from Silver Lake, who is gay, had admittedly grown complacent with the LGBTQ movement — especially after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide two years ago and it seemed as though so many hard-fought victories had already been won. But things are different now that is president, Ortega said.

As he did when he marched during the Reagan administration to raise awareness about AIDS, Ortega felt compelled to speak out. So, on Sunday, he dusted off the cape he wore to previous Pride events and joined tens of thousands of people in a human rights march that replaced the iconic parade.

“I can’t just let the young people do it,” Ortega said, marching with his longtime partner. “I’m here in my little pink cape, in my own way.”

This year, LA Pride went from party to protest. Gone were the colorful floats and boozy crowds watching from the sidewalks of Santa Monica Boulevard. Instead, marchers flooded the streets of Hollywood and West Hollywood, the crowd stretching for several blocks for what can best be described as a symbol of the Trump era — a protest march with a hashtag in its name: the #ResistMarch.

“It reminds us that we have so far to go — still,” Riedeman said.

As the march proceeded into West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard, marchers passed Russian bakeries and pharmacies with Cyrillic writing, a sign of the city’s large Russian population. In the crowd, signs with Trump’s face read: “Making Russia Great Again.”

At the end of the march, a veritable parade of speakers addressed the crowd, the atmosphere akin to that of a political rally.

“For years, we have gathered in these streets to celebrate our pride, and this year we are as proud as ever, but we are also mad as hell,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. (D-Los Angeles), known for her acerbic comments about Trump, said of him: “He’s not my president. He’s not your president. He lies. He cheats. He’s a bully. He disrespects us all. And if he thinks he can mess with the LGBT community, he’d better look at what happened right here in West Hollywood.”

The crowd, many still clutching rainbow flags, joined her in a chant of “Impeach 45!” before she told them to “Stay woke.”



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