An LGBT-rights march in Washington, DC, drew far less than the 1,500-2,500 people predicted on the permit—only 14 advocates showed up at the event, held across the street from the U.S. Capitol Saturday afternoon.
Even one of the listed speakers was a no-show.
With so few people, reports the Washington Blade, organizers cancelled the march and just held a rally.
The event was part of a series of worldwide gay-rights marches coordinated by Oklahoma City activist Joe Knudson for New York, London, Baltimore, Chicago, Uganda, Nigeria, Pakistan and elsewhere. As Queerty reported earlier, at least in America the word hadn’t gotten out about the events and major LGBT organizations were not involved.
“These marches are occurring in over thirty cities around the globe,” said Curtis Sledge, one of the planners of the DC event. “Regardless of the size of the crowd…we’re here to say it’s our time right now. We are seeking equality not just for us but for everyone.”