Supporters of LGBT rights marched and rallied in the nation's capital and dozens of other US cities on Sunday, celebrating gains but angry over threats posed by the administration of President Donald Trump.
American blogger Perez Hilton, who served as global ambassador for this year's parade, said, "With all the bad things happening to gay, lesbian and transgender people all over the world, I am so happy to be in a place that is so welcoming".
One of them was the Trump administration's decision in February to roll back federal guidelines issued under the Obama administration allowing public schools to let transgender students use toilets matching their chosen gender identity.
The activists also complain that Trump, although he campaigned as a potential ally of gays and lesbians, has appointed numerous foes of LGBT-rights advances to high-level positions.
Roughly 100 marches and rallies were planned across the US, from Portland, Maine, and Boston to Anchorage, Alaska, and Honolulu.
The parade caps a week of pride festivities in the city, which authorities expected to draw 35,000 tourists.
Participants will start lining up at 9 a.m. on I Street NW between 14th and 17th streets, with the march set to begin at 10 a.m. Marchers will start off down 17th Street and will pass the White House before ending at the National Mall at 3rd Street and Madison Drive NW.
Thousands of people chanting "love trumps hate" have marched through the streets of Washington in a celebration of LGBTQ pride that also carried a message aimed at the United States president.
Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current president threatens to erase those gains.
"We're here, we're queer, get that Cheeto out of here", was among the chants directed at Trump.
We are proud of our long, consistent commitment to the LGBT community in Charlotte.
The Capital Pride parade is one of the biggest events of Pride weekend.
Among the marchers in Washington was Gil Mendez, a Puerto Rican native who traveled with his partner all the way from San Francisco to join the parade.
The protesters were wearing shirts that read "Say Their Names" as they appeared with "No Pride" banner before the D.C. police branch that includes the special liason to the gay community.
"I lost a lot of friends when I came out as Republican", said Jessup, who was wearing a Trump T-shirt. "It made the connection between the physical violence of guns and the political attacks on our community".
- About 100,000 straight and gay people, minorities and not, stretched from Hollywood to West Hollywood today, as what used to be a annual, raucous Gay Pride march this year became.ResistMarch to protest politics.
The change came as President Donald Trump failed to acknowledge June as Pride month in the US, opting not to issue a statement in support of the LGBTQ community as his predecessor Barack Obama had done.
"We're people", said Mary Demasters, who wore a rainbow cape draped over her shoulders and a rainbow sticker on her cheek.