My surprisingly gay day at the Women’s March in LA
I did not originally expect to find myself at the Women’s March in downtown LA on Saturday,
But now I can’t imagine having been anywhere else.
A group of friends (pictured, left) told me Friday night they’d be driving up from Orange County.
Since I live less than five miles from downtown, I felt like I really had to go and check it out at least for a little while.
I was early to Pershing Square, got cheap parking nearby and positioned myself right in front of the stage.
That was fine for the first few speakers but the square soon got over-crowded so they moved the speakers to on top of a giant bus on Hill Street.
I climbed through some bushes and wormed my way to the front of that crowd and we heard from rally organizers and city and county officials including openly gay Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin. County supervisor Hilda Solis also spoke as did former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Some speakers were terrific, some just okay but either way there were too many of them for this restless crowd eager to MARCH.
So they finally wrapped up and … nothing.
We could not march. We could not move.
The march’s route to City Hall was gridlock – too many people.
While frustrating and confusing at first, it just became a beautiful thing as people began to splinter off and find their own way to City Hall.
The spirit was so positive and peaceful. An amazing energy.
Even though there were an estimated 750,000 people clogging the streets of downtown, I managed to connect with my friends Lorna, Danny, Martin and Stephanie in the middle of the intersection of 6th Street and Hill.
There was a lot of LGBT representation, rainbow pride flags and these amazing signs all over the place. You can see some of them over on my Instagram page and over at Gay Star News. I also did a Facebook Live video for Gay Star News despite spotty wifi.
An unforgettable day – a reminder that people are beautiful and really care and that Los Angeles is a phenomenal place to live.