Monday, October 12, 2009

More than 100,000 march in Washington for LGBT rights

My eyes are increasingly blurry after nearly 24 hours without sleep, but I was among the more than an estimated 100,000 people from around the country who participated in the National Equality March in Washington.

I traveled with a group of more than 60 people from the Queens Pride Center, Generation Q, the International Socialist Organization and other organizations. I was the embedded journalist with this highly diverse and at times extremely energetic group, but both the rally and march sent a message that will hopefully resonate far beyond Capitol Hill. The manifestation that took place in Washington was the easy part. The real question is how will those who attended (and organized) the event move forward from Oct. 11, 2009.

In the words of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts; the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die. A fitting tribute to cap off what has been an exciting and momentous day that hopefully laid the foundation upon which full equality for LGBT Americans can begun to be built.

Marchers pass the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Marchers approach Capitol Hill from Pennsylvania Avenue.

More than an estimated 100,000 people participated in the National Equality March and rally.

Transgender people were among those who marched in Washington.

Sooners made the trek from Oklahoma.

Marchers approach Capitol Hill.

Marchers pass the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue.

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