Across US, thousands rallying and marching for LGBT rights

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This year's march comes a day after anti-corporate protesters briefly blocked the route of a Washington, D.C., pride parade, in part in opposition to such corporate backers as Wells Fargo & Co and weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp.

Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who co-chairs the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, said most Americans "would be surprised to learn that you can get married on Saturday, post photos of your wedding on Sunday, and then get thrown out of your apartment or fired from your job on Monday". He agrees with the decision to exclude a pro-Trump float, believing it would only create conflict. "I don't judge them for how they vote", he stated. "I know that you have the strength".

Charlotte Pride responded with a statement that reads it initially rejected the application when it mistook Deplorable Pride for another pro-Trump LGBT group.

Outside the Beltway, meanwhile, legal teams and organizations that once fought for same-sex marriage in courthouses across the country have been training their sites on a new objective -- so-called religious freedom bills at the state level that would allow individuals and businesses to deny services they feel are contrary to their religious beliefs.

"We are here to party and to celebrate with them, their freedom in Israel and we are hoping they are going in the right direction and have more privileges in the country", party-goer Shir Geri told Reuters.

"Charlotte Pride envisions a world in which LGBTQ people are affirmed, respected, and included in the full social and civic life of their local communities, free from fear of any discrimination, rejection, and prejudice". We wanted to be there to celebrate gay pride.

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A moment of silence was held for the 49 victims, many members of the LGBTQ community, and the Pride flag was lowered to half mast at the end of the ceremony. Finally, we considered several concerns regarding the safety of our event attendees when denying this application. The campaign, created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and his partner Jeff Parshley, rallied for marriage equality and gay rights by using images of people wearing duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being "silenced".

Jerusalem's gay pride parade is scheduled for later in June, and pride parades in Be'er Sheva and Haifa will take place in August.

"That's why [Clark is] marching with the city councillors, to show that we are moving forward as a community to become an inclusive and diverse city", said Papadatos.

Donald Trump is not officially being singled out by name, but it's pretty clear the president and his administration's policies towards the gay, lesbian and transsexual communities are the target of a massive "Resist March" Sunday that replaces the usually outrageous fun floats highlighting the LA Pride Festival.

NOH8 participates during the LA Pride Parade on June 12, 2011. "We can't just stand by farting around, we have to do something".

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