LGBT March Announced For D.C. Pride

"I thought the gay community should be doing something like this to follow up on the momentum."

Hot on the heels of the Women’s March on Washington comes word of a LGBT demonstration in D.C. slated for June 11, which is the same day as Capital Pride.

David Bruinooge posted on Facebook earlier this week about the demonstration, now called the National Pride March, and added a followup post today.

“We are working in conjunction with the Capital Pride Alliance… to incorporate the March into the 2017 Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital,” Bruinooge wrote. “We want to build off the momentum the strong women in the US and around the world started on January 21st. They set the tone with their leadership and it is our intention as a community to follow their lead and play our part. This will be an ALL-inclusive and peaceful event.”

A woman carrying a child on her shoulder waves a rainbow flag during the opening event of the annual Gay Pride parade in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, on June 3, 2016. A carefree and cosmopolitan crowd of tens of thousands of homosexuals, transsexuals and supporters took part it the Gay Pride in Tel Aviv, deemed one of the largest in the world where amid the crowd, tourists waved large flags of their country of origin to signify their presence in a city known as a rare oasis for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) in the Middle East.  / AFP / JACK GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

He’s hoping organizers will incorporate the Pride march into existing Pride events around the world. “Let’s make this truly a ’National Pride March’ that spreads from coast to coast and shows solidarity through our Pride movement.”

The 42-year-old New Yorker, who has friends and family in D.C., told the Blade he was 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,”

As a gay man, he added, “I thought the gay community should be doing something like this to follow up on the momentum.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.