This weekend a massive gay rights (or LGBT rights) march and rally was held in our nations capitol. At least 250,000 people were in attendance people from all walks of life LGBT as well as straight allies such as myself. I was fortunate enough to join Bil Browning from www.bilerico.com a major blog for LGBTQ issues as their photographer as well as shooting for myself. Here are some of my photos from Sundays festivities. There were a lot of outstanding speakers and leaders there. Also check out bilerico.com for more information as well as more of my photos.
Believe it or not the march began with a rainbow in the sky. A definite sign if I have ever seen one.
One of the many kids in attendance that were very proud of their same sex parents.
Marching past the Treasury.
One of the many straight allies out in support.
Cynthia Nixon speaking at the rally!!
Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project, Bilerico.com and Cleve Jones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleve_Jones)
Lady Gaga was also one of the speakers. She wasn't one of the friendliest people there and definitely not the biggest star yet she didn't take any time to talk to the press there covering the march and rally while major stars like Cynthia Nixon spent a lot of time talking to the supporters and press and was extremely friendly.
Political Activist, author poet and amazing speaker and person Staceyann Chin. I highly recommend looking her up, watching her speak, read her work. She is very moving.
The awesome crowd!!
The extraordinary cast of HAIR closed the show Sunday (which is almost unheard of in the broadway world) and came out to support the cause and march and perform at the rally. Here they are in front of the Capitol with fellow actor Cynthia Nixon (aka Miranda from Sex and the City).
March co-chairs Kip Williams and Robin McGehee.
Chairman of the NAACP Julian Bond!! A major civil rights activist and leader!
Lt. Daniel Choi an Iraq war veteran speaking out against Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
As I mentioned HAIR was there and this is from their performance of Let the Sun Shine In. Which was out of this world and very moving especially with a crown of nearly a quarter million people singing along behind me.
Everyone was really nice and down to earth. After they performed I was able to get my picture taken with them. I actually have them to thank for my being there. They told my mother about the march and rally who told me. So, thank you HAIR!!!
This march and rally was a lot of fun and a great experience and I learned a lot. This is very important issue and I urge you all to get involved in making this change happen. Gay or Straight we should all be working towards equality. Check out some of these sites for more information: bilerico.com , equalityacrossamerica.org , www.davidmixner.com and http://www.broadwayimpact.com/.
A special thanks to Bil, Jerame and Phil from the Bilerico Project for educating me and letting me tag along with them.