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  • Miguel Luevano of Pasadena holds a Donald Trump piñata at the #ResistMarch during the annual LGBTQ Pride parade in Los Angeles, California, June 11, 2017.

    Miguel Luevano of Pasadena holds a Donald Trump piñata at the #ResistMarch during the annual LGBTQ Pride parade in Los Angeles, California, June 11, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

"This was not the year for parades. This was the year to take to the streets and march," said Stephen Macias.

Tens of thousands of people dressed in rainbow attire and waving protest signs walked through the streets of Los Angeles Sunday in the #ResistMarch during the city's annual LGBTQ Pride parade.

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The event brought together a range of groups at the forefront of the country's most contentious political issues, including Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and a host of LGBTQ groups.

"This was not the year for parades. This was the year to take to the streets and march," said Stephen Macias, a spokesperson for the organizers, highlighting the wave of protests across the country since Donald Trump's election in November.

The 3-mile walk began in Hollywood and culminated with a rally in the gay area of West Hollywood, and featured politicians such as U.S. Representative Maxine Waters and celebrities such as Channing Tatem and LGBTQ icon RuPaul.

"We're people," said Mary Demasters, who wore a rainbow cape draped over her shoulders and a rainbow sticker on her cheek. "We deserve to be treated like people, all of us, no matter what our differences are. We're all people." She was carrying a placard that read, "When you come for one of us, you come for all of us."

In San Francisco, Pride organizers have not dropped their parade in favor of a protest but the SF Weekly newspaper reported that the event would include a "resistance contingent" and an immigrant rights speaker.

The Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, is set to open its doors early Monday in remembrance of victims of the mass shooting there on June 12, 2016, that left 49 people dead.


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