Parades Across the Country Show LGBT Pride (Photos Included)
This past weekend saw a massive amount of support for the LGBT community at Pride events across the country. For the sixth year the President of the United States has declared June as Gay Pride month. Bill Clinton was the first to make the declaration in 2000, Bush never allowed an utterance of such a decision to come from his office, and Obama has made June Pride month every year since his election. This year– as with all past year– saw a multitude of parades and celebration across the country.
In Boston, NBA player and free agent, Jason Collins, took to the street to show his support for the LGBT community. This comes about a month after Collins came out as gay, making him the first openly gay NBA play. Collins reportedly walked in the parade for almost three miles along side U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy. But Collins was not the only notable member of the LGBT community at the event; the first politician to enter a same-sex marriage while in congress, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, also marched in Boston.
While marching in the parade Collins wore a t-shirt that simply said #BeTrue. This is the slogan for Nike’s new line of shoes and clothing in support of the LGBT community. All sales of the line will go to LGBT Sports Coalition, who has the goal of ending sexual discrimination in sports by 2016.
Across the country a number of activists found their way out on the streets in support of the gay community. On Friday, in Los Angles, 45 year LGBT activist veteran, Ivy Bottini, was honored for her lifetime work towards equality. Bottini– who insisted on being referred to as ‘a butch lesbian’– addressed the crowd with a passionate speech. Following her speech she led 500 others in the “Dyke March.”
The Capital Pride Parade in Washington D.C. brought in crowds of approximately 100,000 supporters according to the Huffington Post. The theme of the parade was superheros, and they were out in abundance. Local activist Lynda Carter, columnist Dan Savage, and D.C. mayor Vincent Gary were all out to show their support.
Also in D.C., Reverend Gary Hall, Dean of The Washington National Cathedral, gave his support, “I won’t be walking bare-chested. I’m kind of a reserved person. But if my being seen in the parade is a visible sign that God loves and accepts people across the full spectrum of human sexuality, it will have achieved its purpose.” With the more conservative members of the church still clinging to their “you’re going to hell” platform Hall’s statement is a refreshing one.
The weekend went off without any trouble and shows the growing support throughout the country. It is unfortunate that we still see discrimination against the gay community on a daily basis, but pride month shows us that the light is burning ever brighter in the future of the LGBT community.
Here’s some photos from DC Pride via Instagram
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