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Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Across the United States, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

Across the United States, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

From Washington D.C.to Los Angeles, people from all around the country joined together for an equality march for unity and pride.

But while Trump's White House has been silent on the march and - unlike every year since 2009 - has not announced it will host a reception recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month, the departments of Defense and State are observing the month this year; and Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser to her father, took to Twitter to wish "everyone a joyful #Pride2017".

Inspired by the success of the Women's March on Washington in January, the Equality March aims to amplify the voices of queer resistance in the face of an anti-LGBT White House.

Supporters of LGBT rights marched and rallied in the nation's capital and dozens of other US cities on Sunday, celebrating gains but angry over threats posed by the administration of President Donald Trump.

In particular, Sadat said, they were there to advocate against how the Trump administration has accepted human rights violations against the LGBT community across the world, like in his home country of Afghanistan. Monday is the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, which killed 49 people.

"If you look at their prioritization, we're really low on it", she said.

Following the rally on the Courthouse Square, most of the participants took part in a march through downtown Lexington. He said he's ready for pride to get back to being political. "At least not people who are attached, so it's important for you to be here", E.J. Flessor, an attendee, said.

Daniel Pino, communications strategist at NMAC, an organization that advocates for people of color with HIV and is partnering with the march, said, "We are ensuring the HIV movement is represented within this moment".

"The fact that Trump did not even recognise Pride month is an omen of what's to come, and we need to mobilise now".

Two 15-year-old marchers, Jessica Dodge and Shekinah Aho, held hands and wore shirts that said, "Make America Gay Again".

During the campaign, Mr Trump made repeated overtures to the LGBT community, including a pledge in his nomination acceptance speech past year.

Nemat Sadat said he's looking forward to all the progress that's left to be made.

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