With the shadow of Donald Trump's White House looming behind them, participants in the 2017 Equality March presented a peaceful but firm message to those who would threaten their rights—we're not going anywhere.
"It’s not about politics or policy or a difference in political opinion," a man named Timothy Kaine told PBS. "It’s about an administration denying our identity. We will resist completely.”
The LGBT community has reacted forcefully to the election of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, the latter of whom has been panned for his record on LGBT issues in the past. Representative Maxine Waters specifically called out Trump during a speech at the pride parade in Los Angeles, leading chants to impeach the president.
"We're going to take our country back from him," said Waters. "I know that you have the strength. I know that you have the courage. And I know that each of you understand you have the power."
Signs highlighting the community's broad dislike for Trump popped up all around the country this weekend, with criticism and outright anger directed at the first-year president.
Some even chose to highlight the stark contrast between Barack Obama's administration and Trump's. According to the Associated Press, crowds chanted, "We're here, we're queer, get that Cheeto out of here!" as they marched past the White House on Sunday.
Not all of the protesters out this weekend were working in lockstep. Bystanders at the D.C. pride event spotted a stopped parade on Saturday evening, with a group of protesters speaking out against unequal treatment from police. "Hey hey, ho ho, these racists cops have got to go," they chanted.
At the end of the day, however, protesters around the country were out in force to show they weren't going to be scared into hiding by politicians or societal forces. With the anniversary of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting looming, marchers wanted to send a message to people who would try to scare them into submission by any means necessary.
"It's an opportunity to tell everyone we're still here, and we're not going away at all," said Gregory Elfers, a New Jersey native.
Regardless of your political lean, a person's right to assert and be proud of their identity is something we can all get behind.