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#ResistMarch Takes Aim at Trump's America With Support for All Marginalized Groups

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People participate in a Resist March that replaced the annual Pride Parade in Los Angeles, California, June 11. Andrew Cullen/Reuters

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Los Angeles Sunday with a protest march aimed at President Donald Trump. 

The #ResistMarch replaced the city’s 2017 Pride parade, with the intention of sending a message that civil rights in the LGBTQ community and beyond are under threat.

"This was not the year for parades. This was the year to take to the streets and march," Stephen Macias, a spokesman for the organizers, told Reuters.

"The march is still about celebrating our community but its also about recognizing the climate we live in and the delicate balance around civil rights,” he added.

The change came as President Donald Trump failed to acknowledge June as Pride month in the U.S., opting not to issue a statement in support of the LGBTQ community as his predecessor Barack Obama had done.

At the end of May, the president issued five proclamations, choosing June to honor Caribbean-American heritage, African-American music, homeownership, the outdoors and the ocean—but failed to mention that June was also LGBTQ Pride Month.

The Resist march featured groups who feel threatened by Trump’s administration, including Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, GLAAD, and Black Lives Matter, underscoring the wider threat many believe the president poses to marginalized sections of society.

The march featured a rally in West Hollywood, where House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff took to the stage, Trump's Walk of Fame star was covered in stickers, and people held up banners celebrating Pride, alongside those criticizing the president.

"You are me, and I am you. And we are one. We are here today to send a message loud and clear…We resist homophobia, we resist racism, we resist poverty, anti-Semitism. And we resist hatred toward Muslims and all religions," Waters said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

As well as Pelosi in attendance, California Senator Kamala Harris tweeted out her support for the Resist March, writing on Twitter: “There’s nothing more powerful than a group of determined people marching and standing up for what we know is right. ‪#ResistMarch.”

The demonstration came as Washington D.C.’s Pride March was greeted by protesters from the group No Justice No Pride, who said the day had moved away from the communities it claimed to support and was instead too focused on corporations.

“Capital Pride has consistently demonstrated that it is more interested in accommodating the interests of Metropolitan police and of corporate sponsors than it is in supporting the very communities it supposedly represents,” the group said in a statement seen by the LA Times.

The protests and change of march garnered a wide range of support, including on social media, but the tone did not go down well with all pride attendees—with some people facing off with demonstrators in Washington D.C. annoyed that there were protests at Pride, The Washington Post reported.

Ryan Bos, executive director of Capital Pride Alliance, said in a statement on Sunday: “We encourage a robust, civil, and healthy conversation within the community about all of the issues that impact us and look forward to having a mutually respectful conversation in the days, weeks, and months ahead.”

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