The beginning of the rally in Grand Central Station and reading of the names and start of the march. “SAYTHEIRNAME” Solidarity Unity March went from Grand Central Station to the Stonewall Memorial in the West Village.
Photos By Mark Apollo/Hashtag Occupy Media
About one hundred plus people took part in the event at Grand Central where the first reading of the names took place and was followed by a march down 42nd Street and across 7th Ave towards Stonewall with a stop along the march at the LGBT center on West 13th Street then on to Stonewall were a speakout and 10 minute moment of silence took place.
Thought out the march, which was peaceful and well organized, there was a high level of police walking along side the march with some of the officers carrying automatic weapons and at every point there were threats of arrest for anyone who took to marching in the streets.
There was a call for a rally of healing and action, in response to the violent murders of our LGBT+ siblings during the Pulse shooting. The attacks are being exploited by the victim’s oppressors, used as platforms for bigotry, Islamophobia, and political gain, while the victims’ own existence as QPOC struggling against a racist, patriarchal, homophobic, transphobic, capitalist society is being whitewashed to create an acceptable narrative of tragedy for consumption.