You wouldn’t think there would be too much overlap between presidential politics and half-naked men frolicking through the streets, but that’s 2017 for you: the organizers of Los Angeles’ gay pride festivities are taking a page from the SJW playbook and turning this year’s event into an anti-Trump protest.
“[T]he annual pride parade has been canceled, ceding to the nationwide LGBT Resist March that is scheduled in many U.S. cities for Sunday, June 11, the day the Los Angeles pride parade would normally occur,” wehoville.com reported.
The move comes as organizers struggle to figure out where to host the pride event, given that the usual venue of West Hollywood Park will be undergoing construction. The Pride Festival will still last for several days but is expected to be downsized significantly, with as much as 70 percent of the space it occupied last year being denied.
Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit company behind LA Pride, released a statement announcing the politicization of this year’s festival.
“Given the current political climate where divisiveness and discrimination continue to be part of mainstream dialogue, CSW is determine to make the LA Pride band a unifying force for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies across all of Los Angeles,” the statement read.
President Donald Trump has indicated support for the LGBT community several times. In November of last year, he held up a rainbow flag with the words “LGBTs for Trump” written on it for a crowd of Colorado Republicans, who broke into cheers. He also enjoys the support from gay tech giant Peter Thiel and vowed to protect LGBT people from the threat posed by radical Islamic terror groups like ISIS.