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.

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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. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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