How To LA: Hundreds Marched Against Anti-LGBTQ Legislation in LA
If you were anywhere near West Hollywood yesterday, you probably saw hundreds of people in vibrant, elaborate drag marching. Why were they protesting?
Drag March L.A.
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In case you missed it, Drag March L.A. organized a protest against the record number of anti-LGBTQ legislation that has been sprouting up all throughout the country. And even though California is known to be a liberal state, there are some lawmakers in conservative pockets that have pushed for anti-LGBTQ laws.
My colleague Caitlin Hernández talked to several protesters who attended the Drag March about why this event was special to them. Read more why the organizers chose Easter for the day of the march and how you can get involved in supporting LGBTQ people.
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ONE — Drag March photos on Twitter:
Remember the Drag March I mentioned earlier in the newsletter? There were tons of pictures on Twitter of folks out there marching against anti-LGBTQ legislation at WeHo park. There were sights of dogs in pink tutus, presenters during the march and drag queens.
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