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July 10, 2017

Thousands Hit Unity Against Hate Anti-Trump Protest in Downtown LA


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Thousands upon thousands of people hit the streets of Downtown Los Angeles today in a peaceful, but very loud demonstration against hate to send the orange clown people are calling the president elect of the United States of America a reminder that the majority of Americans did not vote for him.

This is the 5th Anti-Trump protest in Los Angeles thus far. The number of people who attended vary from 8k to 14k depending on the spin of whatever news outlet still has your ear (not the first time the media fucks up their sum of the people—don’t get me started). It was a massive crowd. There were a lot of female voices, and young people, and of course the rainbow flags protruded out of the sea of heads. People mostly chanted “Not My President,” which was heavily borrowed from the right, when they protested the coronation of our first black president four years back and then four years after that.

I couldn’t get my friends to go with me to this rally, so I ended up going by myself, which sucked ass, but I’m glad I went. I know this protest does absolutely nothing to change the outcome of 11/9. I’m in the stage of grief where I’m starting to accept that the damage is done. But it felt good to get out there and be a body in a large body of bodies and contribute to the message that the majority are not happy with what happened last Tuesday…to put it mildly.

Being out today made me so grateful that I live in California. It gives me some badly needed hope that we’re all going to be OK. We are going to stand up for each other. And we are not going to be so naive going into this depressing presidential cycle.

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I’m happy I caught these snippets in history. I’m grateful to everyone who took the time to make signs, took the initiative to bring their children, and screamed at the top of their lungs, ’til they were hoarse. I’m happy to share these photos with you and encourage you to share them with whoever you see fit.

“No Trump! No Hate! No Rape! No KKK in the USA! No Trump! No Hate! No Rape! No KKK in the USA!!!”

Luv,
Me

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    About Paulo Murillo,

    Paulo has been writing for the gay media for over 16 years. He made his debut as a columnist for FAB! Newspaper. He has written for LA Health News, IN Los Angeles, Frontiers and The Fight Magazine. He has been featured in The Bay Area Reporter, XY Magazine, Bay Windows, Windy Times, and Press Pass Q, He has been quoted in the pages of Edge Magazine, Gay & Lesbian Times, Seattle Gay News, Fuges, and in a shitload of online news outlets and blogs, thanks in large part to Rex Wocker’s Quote on Quote – Wockner Wire.

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