The 2017 LGBTQ ‘National Pride March’ on Washington is scheduled to take place on June 11.
With additional details to follow, it is known that organizers are working closely with Capital Pride Alliance in Washington, DC to incorporate the march into the Celebration of Pride this year in the Capital.
The aim is to build off of the momentum gathered by the Strong Women marches that took place in the US and around the rest of the world beginning in January 2017. Those marches were highly successful in bringing attention to a range of women’s (and other) rights and helped to continue the conversation on such topics. Hopefully, the National Pride March can do the same and draw more attention to LGBTQ rights.
The organizers wrote that the Strong Women’s march:
“Set the tone with their leadership and it is our intention as a community to follow their lead and play our part. This will be an ALL inclusive and peaceful event!”
The organizers are inviting and encouraging all supporters, friends and family members to ‘descend’ on DC for the Pride weekend (June 8-11th 2017) in order to ensure that ‘our voices are heard’.
For those who are unable to make the event for geographical reasons or any others, there will be many more local events being held where you can make yourself heard. As with the Strong Women’s march, it is hoped that the mood will sweep the nation.
The website reads:
“If you cannot attend the March in Washington, DC, we urge you to reach out to your local Pride organizations to assist in creating solidarity through your existing Pride events. Let’s make this truly a “National Pride March” that spreads from coast to coast and shows solidarity through our Pride movement.”
Reporting on the news, website Towle Road says that there is ‘no word yet on how inclusive this march will be in terms of gender identity, disability, and race, or collaboration with groups like Black Lives Matter and immigration organizations. These surely need to be top of mind for organizers.’
I think that that’s one website that is kind of missing the point! Surely the words ‘ALL inclusive’ make that clear enough?
Point being: if you want to be seen and you want to show support for the community, then now is the time to peacefully march! This should be a joyous demonstration and one that helps to bring more attention to minority groups and communities – ours and any others!
The march is the brainchild of David Bruinooge, 42, who created the National Pride March page and told the Washington Blade:
‘I was watching the events unfold on TV and I was very proud and inspired by all the women, the strong women in our country who were kind of taking this to the street and getting their voices heard. And in the back of my mind as an openly gay man I thought the gay community should be doing something like this to follow up on the momentum.’
The date was chosen to coincide with the Capital Pride Festival. If you like the sounds of it, then get involved and urge your friends to do the same!