Not long after the Women’s March on Washington, a new LGBT protest is set to be underway — this time alongside Pride 2017 weekend in D.C.
Brooklyn resident David Bruinooge announced the “National Pride March” over Facebook with its own page and event. It is set for June 11 of this year, the same day as the Capital Pride Festival, where he hopes the march will end.
“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,” Bruinooge told the Washington Blade. “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,” he said.
The name of the event was originally “Gays on the Mall” but has since changed to the “National Pride March” to be more inclusive.
“This will be an ALL inclusive and peaceful event!” reads the Facebook page.
“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.”