L.A. Pride Parade to be replaced with protest march this year

Why are you Not Surprised!

Pride participants wave at dozens of people in June 2016 during the annual LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, Calif.

The iconic LA Pride Parade – a decades-old celebration of the LGBT community – will be replaced this year with a  protest march , according to the event’s organizers.

In lieu of the colorful floats that typically roll down Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, this year’s June 11 event will simply consist of “people moving through the streets” marching for human rights, said Brian Pendleton, a board member for Christopher Street West, the nonprofit that organizes the annual event.

Here Comes The Challenge 

“We’re getting back to our roots,” Pendleton said. “We will be resisting forces that want to roll back our rights, and politicians who want to make us second-class citizens.”

The first Los Angeles Pride Parade took place in 1970 and was so controversial that the city’s police commission tried to stop it, citing the possibility that participants would be attacked. In the years since, the event moved to West Hollywood and grew to include a multi-day festival celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Why they hate Christians so…

The Bible

The Bible generally teaches against any sexual relations except between husband and wife. The Bible specifically mentions sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex as among the forbidden acts. Homosexual acts are mentioned in seven Bible passages: 1


The move to scrap the parade in favor of a protest march comes a year after Christopher Street West tried, controversially, to rebrand the accompanying festival as a music festival in an effort to appeal to millennials. Protesters derided the event as a “gay Coachella” and organized under the moniker #NotOurPride.

Pendleton said this year’s march, which will be called Resist March, was inspired by the massive women’s marches that took place across the globe the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Pendleton said that though the current political climate makes a protest appropriate this year, the event is not being billed as an anti-Trump protest.

“It’s not a red thing or a blue thing,” he said. “It’s about marching for human rights, which are a Republican concept and a Democratic concept … . We’re changing the format this year to let people know we care about human rights, whether you’re a woman, a Dreamer, or an LGBTQ person.”

Though the parade for many years has taken place entirely in West Hollywood, this year’s march will begin in Los Angeles, starting at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Pendleton said. The march will end in West Hollywood, but organizers are still working with officials in both cities to determine the route, he said.

Old Testament

The first mention in the Bible is in Genesis 19:1-13. The wicked men of Sodom attempted a homosexual rape of two messengers from God who had come to visit Lot. As a result of this and other widespread wickedness, God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in a storm of fire and brimstone.

The next two mentions are in Leviticus

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (NKJ, Leviticus 18:22)

If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (NKJ, Leviticus 20:13)

The accompanying LA Pride festival, meanwhile, may also be downsized because of construction at its venue, West Hollywood Park. It is unclear whether the festival will have fewer live music acts because of space constraints, or if there will be other space made available, said Mike Stommel, a spokesman for the festival.

“Everything is contingent on the park and construction around it,” Stommel said. Many details are still being worked out, but it will probably still include ticketed and free entertainment events, Stommel said.

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