Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

Organizers of separate, 'real' Pride march oppose Saskatoon mayor as main parade grand marshal

Protestors at the Capitol Hill Pride Parade wanted a focus on social justice, police brutality and the corporate sponsorship of the event. Still others claim they have been outright banned from participating. This was their first pride parade.

"I would like for them to get the opportunity to pull out on their own and give them a chance to do that", Talbert said.

"I am so proud of you Saskatoon, for showing them how we can overpower hate", he said.

Outside the Beltway, meanwhile, legal teams and organizations that once fought for same-sex marriage in courthouses across the country have been training their sites on a new goal -- so-called religious freedom bills at the state level that would allow individuals and businesses to deny services they feel are contrary to their religious beliefs.

According to #ResistMarch founder Brian Pendleton, over 100,000 marched, danced, protested, and listened to an impressive speaker lineup at Sunday's event that was transformed from Gay Pride to address the policies and agenda of President Trump and his administration.

Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, the co-chairman of Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus said that she is now working to get Congress to pass laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination and she added that the Trump administration had forgotten what #Lgbt Community has previously accomplished and positively contributed in the country in the recent years.

Talbert said he plans to file a lawsuit against Charlotte Pride accusing the group of discrimination.

"We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer".


LGBTQ community leaders and members of the movement delivered speeches at the venue where the march ended, and a concert took place nearby. "Unfortunately, we are not able to approve your application".

Participants at the Real Pride March are being discouraged from bringing signs that mention organizations or corporations.

Talbert said that his application was denied because he's an outspoken Trump supporter and that Charlotte Pride accused him of being "anti-gay", a charge he forcefully rejects.

"Charlotte Pride encourages all individuals and organizations who share our mission, vision and values to participate in the annual Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade on August 26-27, 2017". "Everything fell into place except being able to celebrate who I am".

"I've been told I can no longer be a part of the gay community, like they have some sort of power over that".

But while Trump's White House has been silent on the march and - unlike every year since 2009 - has not announced it will host a reception recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month, the departments of Defense and State are observing the month this year; and Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser to her father, took to Twitter to wish "everyone a joyful #Pride2017".

"And we still stand by the decision because we still think that it's important to move forward as an ally".

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