On Sunday June 11, 2017, I went to the LGBTQ Pride March and Rally in San Jose, California. It was a very inspiring event. People were very friendly and reaching out to get to know people they didn’t know. There was a strong sense of solidarity with other groups who may feel threatened with the political climate of today, from Muslims to immigrants to other people of color.
In the previous LGBTQ rallies that I’ve attended, since the rallies were focused on marriage equality, I noticed a lot more gay and lesbian couples in the rallies and not so much transgender people. In today’s rally and march, transgender people were a lot more visible. I think this is because transgender people feel their rights are being threatened by the Trump administration and the conservative Republican state legislatures around the country.
A few of the gay and lesbian couples who attended brought along their children in strollers and red wagons. One of the speakers made it a point to say that the San Jose Pride March was a family friendly event. It’s cool to see how the LGBTQ movement is evolving as more rights are being won.
Here are photos I took of the rally and march.