VIVA LA ResistMarch

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Yet some of my fellow gays were against it. They called the march a hate parade and they skipped it. According to social media posts, some people thought gay pride should stay out of politics. There was resistance to the event being “turned into an anti-Trump march.” These bitches straight up complained that they were “robbed of their gay celebration.” The event was supposed to be unifying, but a lot of LGBTs bailed on us. They didn’t bother to turn up to march and then complained that the turnout didn’t meet their expectations.

I get it. There is a level of complacency because politically speaking we’ve made a lot of progress in a short period of time. We’ve had an administration filled with people who were committed to our equality. But that was then. This is now. And now a lot of those rights and privileges that we’ve begun to take for granted are under attack.

It’s fascinating to me how some of my gay brethren think we have the luxury to divide and bicker. They forget or don’t realize that our right to marry is one Supreme Court vote away from being snatched from us. If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retires or dies and Trump appoints a new Justice, marriage equality can and will be taken away from us. Get woke the fuck up people!

I don’t know about the sister marches that happened across the nation that weekend, but #ResistMarch was the exact opposite of a hate march. There was no violence or property damage. I’m not aware of any arrests made that day. People marched in harmonious solidarity as far as I could tell. We had men, women, children and the not-so-young walking side by side. Some people dressed up, and others, of course, dressed down. The signs were flashy, clever, comical and serious all at the same time. It was empowering and yes, it was angry in certain areas, because we have to be in these uncertain times. But it all came together beautifully and peacefully.

WeHo Jesus at #ResistMarch 2017

The event was unapologetically political. People kept saying we were going back to our political roots with a march, but gay parades have always been political events. Or they’ve had political elements to them. We wouldn’t have a gay parade without these types of marches. I’ve been attending Pride parades at LA Pride and neighboring cities for almost 30 years and there has always been a political tone between commercial floats. What gay parades don’t have signage demanding LGBT equality and people yelling for human rights? Why do people think we have gay parades in the first place? We’re here! We’re queer! Get used to it!

For those who insist we should’ve had both a march AND a parade, I say NOPE! #ResistMarch is the very best thing that could have ever happened to LA Pride. Imagine what the parade will be like next year after this march? I hope all the queens who take the parade for granted and bitch that it’s too commercial, it’s too long, it’s not fabulous enough, it’s too sexual, it’s not gay enough and stuff and junk, will gain a whole new love and appreciation for the parade that they claim was snatched from them this year.

So yes, next year we go back to our gay dance party at a gay parade. It shouldn’t mean the end of #ResistMarch. The resistance should continue and it should grow. Make it bigger; make it better. And it doesn’t have to be put together mostly by LGBT people. They’re coming for all of us, so we should organize with our allies: Black Lives Matter, La Raza, Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, immigrant’s rights. We’re stronger when we are united. We have more in common than not.

I’m happy and proud I was a tiny dot in a massive crowd of marchers who showed up for #ResistMarch 2017. I found it appropriate to the time and very necessary. It harnessed the energy of the moment. Let’s hope it will be the beginning of a sustained action. Otherwise, a march is just a march.

VIVA LA #ResistMarch!

 

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Paulo Murillo
Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience in LGBT media and more than two decades as a West Hollywood resident. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. Murillo’s work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. He was a contributor to LGBT magazine IN Los Angeles. He is known for the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, in which he covered breaking news and local events in the City of West Hollywood. His recent work has been published in the Los Angeles Blade and his articles, essays and photographs can also be seen on the pages of THE FIGHT Magazine. He started “The Share” feature for THE FIGHT, which spotlights members of the Los Angeles recovery community who share about their sober journey. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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