It was a spur of the moment idea – and a good one – which Brooklyn resident David Bruinooge floated on Facebook while watching the Women’s March. The Capital Pride team have worked with Bruinooge to develop the march plans further. As Queerty reports, “this would mark the first large-scale LGBTQ march on Washington since the National Equality March in 2009”.
Organisers will no doubt be trying to at least match the numbers who took part in the Women’s March (around 500,000 according to reports). The largest ever demonstration in support of LGBT rights in Washington took place in 1993, when somewhere between 800,000 and 1 milllion marchers took part.
Given the many concerted attempts to roll back the rights and freedoms the LGBT community has secured over recent years in the USA, Pride events across the nation are almost certain to acquire a more political edge this year.