Sure, a Downtown March Won't Solve Gay Community's Problems. Still, It's Fun to March.
|Photos by Andrea Grimes|
|Elizabeth Pax, one of last night's speakers|
Many marchers carried signs demanding the Democratic Party follow through on campaign issues, like repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. Their posters said as much: "Democrats keep your promises!"
There was, predictably, a counter-protest across the street, if two Jesus-freaky religio-nuts hollering in vain while being soundly ignored by just about everyone counts as a counter-protest.
"You're so beautiful!" rally leader Elizabeth Pax told the crowd gathered around her in the plaza, leading the group in chants such as the classic, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, homophobia's got to go!" And there was a certain amount of tongue-in-cheek activism going on too with the marchers acknowledging a rally was hardly going to solve their problems. Pax shouted at the gathered crowd just before they took off: "We can march all day here, but I need you to march back home and tell your loved ones why you deserve equal rights."
For now, shouted Elizabeth, "We know it's not like equal rights are really going to magically happen just because you say it at this march." But, she continued, "today let's be magical anyway."