Gender/Sexuality/Identity

Planned Parenthood protests Trumpcare near US Capitol as total ACA repeal fails

On the 26th of June, Planned Parenthood held a protest against "Trumpcare" with hundreds of supporters, many dressed in Pink at Upper Senate Park. Speakers noted that once again, all of the proposed bills boot millions off insurance, bring back pre-existing conditions exclusions-and all defend Planned Parenthood. They also pointed out that all this is to fund tax cuts for the rich.

Speakers explain the importance of Planned Parenthood's services-and what's wrong with these bills

No Justice No Pride marches for Transgender Liberation

On the 13th of July, No Justice No Pride returned to the streets of DC. With attacks on transgender women soaring and two violent assaults recently, the cops seem more interested in singling out people of color for unpaid bus fare. In addition they are still hassling transgender sex workers as though Stonewall never happened. In the face of these outrages, No Justice No Pride is saying enough is enough.

Video of the march and some of the speakers

No Justice No Pride marches to Indiana Ave on Penn Ave

WERK for peace marches on Sen McConnell's home against "Trumpcare" health bill

Update June 27: GOP puts off vote until after July 4 recess after 6 GOP Senators say they will vote no, which would scuttle the bill.

On the 26th of June, the mostly GLBTQ group WERK for peace staged a dance party style march on the home of Sen majority leader Mitch McConnell. Upon arrival they threw heaps of biodegradeable confetti into the air while shutting down the entire block. WERK for Peace is demanding that Sen McConnell block Trump's healthcare bill, which would gut Medicaid and boot an estimated 22 million people off of health insurance.

Scenes from the march and at Mitch McConnell's house

Huge GLBTQ equality march takes the streets against Trump

On the 11th of June, the massive "Equality March" or national Pride took to the streets of DC, taking over much of the area around the White House and the Mall. In front of the White House there was booing and chants of "lock him up" throwing Trump's demand to imprison his 2016 election opponent back at him over Russiagate.

Video highlights of the Equality March including booing, "Lock him up" chants at White House

A dangerous "cattle chute" of fencing created by Secret Service hems in the Equality March on a very hot day with no shade within it

No Justice No Pride lockdowns kick MPD, Wells Fargo out of their parade slots

Update June 11: Twitter report of Pride board member calling NJNP "terrorists"

Update June 11: Twitter report of white cisgendered males throwing bottles (unknown material) and yelling racial slurs at NJNP, also report of post-Pride "fight" at Dupont Circle. Same incident or were there two?

On the 10th of June, No Justice No Pride first marched over the Capitol Pride route, then used hard lockdowns to block the MPD, Lockheed-Martin, and Wells Fargo contingents. The rest of the parade rerouted around the blocked streets. MPD's contingent withdrew, unknown if they managed to get back into the parade. Wells Fargo got stuck, had to rejoin the parade at the back by the garbage trucks. Lockheed-Martin's contingent was also blocked. No reports of arrests, even at the blockades.

Video of No Justice No Pride blockade against MPD plus footage of pre-blockade march over the Pride route and Wells Fargo blockade

The cable blockade stopping MPD's contingent in Capitol Pride

No Justice No Pride marches at dusk against corporate/assimilationist Pride

On the evening of the 9th of June, No Justice No Pride opened the mobilization against corporate/assimilationist fake Pride with an evening march through some of the most yuppified streets in DC's GLBTQ community. A highlight of the march was a solidarity stop at Matchbox, a pizzaria being picketed by some of their workers because they fire people who object to problem working conditions.

Video-NJNP march supports Matchbox workers, calls Capitol Pride a "material girl"

Marching off after the Matchbox solidarity stop

Park Police SWAT shuts down Black Pride event at Malcolm X Park

On the 27th of May, US Park Police, some in SWAT uniforms shut down a Black Pride event at Malcolm X Park. Other Black Pride events still going on. Reports on Twitter claim that the Capitol Pride organizers do not consider this incident to be grounds to expel police from marching in the Capitol Pride parade on June 10.

Detention, torture of Gay men in Chechnya draws protesters to Russian Embassy

On the 9th of May, members of HRC (Human Rights Campaign) showed up outside the Russian Embassy to protest ongoing mass arrests and torture of Gay men in Chechnya.CNN reports that at least three detention centers in Chechnya are being used to imprison Gay men for nothing more than who they are.

Community demands removal of police, Wells Fargo, arms contractors from Capitol Pride Parade

On the 8th of May, the Capitol Pride board held a rare open community meeting as controversy swirled about the inclusion of MPD, Wells Fargo, arms contractors, MD live, and other inappropriate sponsors and contingents in the upcoming June 10 parade. Many people from marginalized groups showed up to ask pointed questions, the board's answers were long on words but almost completely empty of any commitments to take action.

Video-selected moments as community members question the Capitol Pride board

Anti-Trans bigots at GW draws larger counterprotest, Hate Bus stays other side of town

Update 4-4-2017:NOM published photo of hate bus at US Capitol, this was apparently as close to GW as they dared to approach.Not sure when photo taken either.

On the 3rd of April, NOM's so-called "Free Speech Bus" also known as the "hate bus" for anti-Trangender images on its sides was due to appear in DC. A few anti-Transgender bigots showed up at George Washington University and attracted a student counterprotest leavened with counterinaugural veterans. They left after about an hour, with nobody having found the "Hate Bus," and were from an apparently unrelated group. There was no mention on NOM's twitter feed of even arriving in DC.

Video from the GWU counterprotest plus clip from Philly showing possible reason for hate bus no-show at GWU (1 min 3 sec)

Counterprotesting the anti-Trans bigots who appeared without the bus at GW University

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