The View From The Women’s March

"Women's rights are human rights."

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have descended on the nation’s capital today for the Women’s March on Washington, an intersectional gathering determined “to send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  Protesters walk during the WomenÕs March on Washington, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Large crowds are attending the anti-Trump rally a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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NewNowNext’s Kristina Marusic is on the ground in D.C., and will be reporting throughout the day. We’ll also be sharing stories and photos from sister marches around the globe.

Are you at a march? Tag your social media @NewNowNext and we may add it to our coverage.

Washington, DC

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Kaity Waddell, who identifies as a lesbian, came to the march all the way from Ohio. At 19, she voted for Hillary Clinton in her first election in November, and says she’s at the march to “stand up for LGBT rights.”

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Saddam Hossain of Virginia came to the march with his girlfriend, Chelsea. “I’m here to support women and also because I’m Muslim,” he told us. “As you can see by my name, I may soon have to be on a registry.”

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Couple Rebecca Leung and Gaby Waldman-Fried came to the march from Boston. “I’m just really angry things like gay and trans rights are now so uncertain,” said Gaby.

Added Rebecca, “The real work starts when we get home. With building relationships.”

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“I hope we can show trump that what he wants is not what this country needs,” says Chris Burton, a queer Jamaican woman who lives in the DC area.

At the #womensmarch with my mum and my sister today Amazed by the number of people, very empowering!!

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Elizabeth Bryant of Massachusetts and Melissa Eisenman of New Hampshire are at the march to “support reproductive rights and protest the repeal of the ACA.”

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This is Stevie Garfinkle from L.A. His nickname is Unity the Unicorn—unicorns were on his and his husband’s save-the-date announcements when they got married.

Like others, he told us he came to DC “to support the women in his life” and to march for his mom, who was not well enough to march. (He also said “Hi mom!”)

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  A Trump supporter and a peaceful protestor argue during  the Women's March On Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  A prayer circle gathers at the Ellipses outside the White House during  the Women's March On Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  Peaceful protestors march during the Women's March On Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  Peaceful protestors march during the Women's March On Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  Peaceful protestors march during the Women's March On Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  Protesters walk during the WomenÕs March on Washington, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Large crowds are attending the anti-Trump rally a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Singer Alicia Keys performs on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women's March on January 21, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women's rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Actress Scarlett Johansson speaks during a protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women's March on January 21, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women's rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
 

New York

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St. Louis

 

Knoxville, TN

 

Salt Lake City

 

Los Angeles

 

London

 

Paris

 

Bangkok

BANGKOK, THAILAND - JANUARY 21:  American expats and travellers gather with the international community in Bangkok at the Roadhouse BBQ restaurant to stand in solidarity on January 21, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Womens March originated in Washington DC but soon spread to be a global march calling on all concerned citizens to stand up for equality, diversity and inclusion and for womens rights to be recognised around the world as human rights. Global marches are now being held, on the same day, across seven continents.(Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)
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Melbourne

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Protesters take part in the Melbourne rally to protest against the Trump Inauguration on January 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. The marches in Australia were organised to show solidarity with those marching on Washington DC and around the world in defense of women's rights and human rights.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Getty Images)
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Macau

MACAU - JANUARY 21:  Protesters take part in the Women's March rally on January 21, 2017 in Macau, Macau. The Women's March originated in Washington DC but soon spread to be a global march calling on all concerned citizens to stand up for equality, diversity and inclusion and for women's rights to be recognised around the world as human rights. Global marches are now being held, on the same day, across seven continents   (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
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Check out a live stream of the Women’s March on Washington here.

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.
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