Plans for a “mass” LGBT march on Washington on June 11. with hopes that LGBT people and their allies will flood Washington, DC similar to last week’s Women’s March that drew hundreds of thousands of people.
David Bruinooge, 42, a Brooklyn, N.Y., resident who has friends and relatives in the D.C. area, said he was inspired to create a Facebook page announcing the march on Jan. 21 while he was watching the Women’s March on Washington at home on television.
“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,” he 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.
That sentiment has been asked by many in the community which have been waiting patiently for Gay Inc. to do something, anything as a sign of protest.
Bruinooge intentionally chose June 11 for the march because it’s the same day that D.C.’s Capital Pride Festival is scheduled to be held on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. near the U.S. Capitol. Bruinooge said his thought was the march would start in the morning and end at the site of the Pride festival.
Ryan Bos, executive director of the Capital Pride Alliance, which organizes the D.C. Pride events, including the Pride Parade set to take place on June 10, said he has spoken with Bruinooge and expects that Capital Pride officials will collaborate with the march organizers so the march and the D.C. Pride events will complement each other.
Back2Stonewall.com 100% supports this March and pleads with its readers to also support it and attend if possible. We must show our power, we must show our number and most of all we must show that we will not be fucked with.
The 1993 LGBT March on Washington had over a million people at it. Lets beat that number.
Back2Stonewall.com has chosen the Hampton Inn at the Navy Yard in SE, Washington, DC as its home base for the weekends events. It’s close to Capitol Hill and not far from what was once one of Washington DC’s gay sex areas that boasted The Follies Adult Gay Complex, The Club Baths DC, and Glorious Amusements. (And it was glorious indeed.) These venues are gone now due to the gentrification of that area and the baseball stadium but its now time to bring the gay back to SE DC. Rates for that weekend are stating at $149.00 a night (which is a bargain so book NOW) and lets QUEER THE HAMPTON and show that we will not be second class citizens and we will fight for our civil rights.