Massive LGBT march winds through downtown San Jose

Byby Leslie Brinkley KGO logo
Monday, June 12, 2017
Massive LGBT march held in downtown San Jose
A massive LBGT march wound through downtown San Jose peacefully.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A massive LBGT march wound through downtown San Jose peacefully.

The march was organized on the eve of the one year anniversary of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

"For the many watching these marches across the nation we want to say this is not fake news, this is reality. We won't be erased," Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager said.

The resounding theme? "In this state we celebrate our diversity. We don't ban it. We don't deport it and we sure as hell don't wall it off, not in California," California Senate President Kevin de Leon said.

"Make no mistake, the Trump administration is perpetuating the genocide of trans women of color," Danielle Castro with the UCSF Center for Transgender Health said.

But, there was something else weighing on everyone's mind at the event. "You know tomorrow is the first anniversary of Orlando when 49 precious lives were gunned down," Representative Anna Eshoo said. "And, I think they'd be prideful about what we were doing today. But they would also instruct us that we have a lot more work to do."

"The fact that the city continues to remember those victims and continues to fight for LGBT people of color, that to me means a lot," Danny Zepeda of San Jose said.

"Just kind of looking to the future and hoping that nothing like that ever happens again," Megan Hungerford of Gilroy said.

To remember those who died last year in Orlando, a vigil is scheduled for Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at 18th and Castro in San Francisco.