An LGBTQ Pride March and Rally in San Jose, California – June 2017

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.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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