Less Than 20 Show Up To D.C. Branch Of “Worldwide” March

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.”

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  • Alex

    First time I have ever heard of these world wide marches. They have a PR problem.

  • mdthom

    Guess the organizers in DC didn’t tell anyone about it. No one I know had a clue it was being held.

  • roberto

    I had no idea this was going on. Otherwise I would have gone to the march.

    they might want to advertise more

  • cam

    Nobody that I know in DC had a clue that this was going on.

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  • LLM

    @yaoming … thank you! I thought the same thing.

  • joechuckknudson

    While this first attempt at a Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March was an overall success, the organizers did learn many things from putting on something of this magnitude globally. Each continued endeavor of educating and enlightening societies and governments worldwide through our grassroots movement will be stronger and better prepared as we learn from our experiences.

    We have tons of footage in various forms that we are going through currently to get a more accurate picture of the day worldwide and soon, we will have a special page on our website at devoted to post-event videos, interviews, etc. and the such.

    While some of the registered locations showed little or no participation, the majority of those registered reached heights of triumph of their own with specific highlights shown by their videos, interviews, etc. There are even unregistered areas reporting on ways they participated on this historic day. Certain Pride celebrations registered with our committee as well, in order that solidarity be shown for all brothers and sisters worldwide on this momentous occasion.

    One area we were especially ecstatic about was the overseas participation, especially from the Philippines. With so many atrocities occurring in numerous countries against the LGBT, it was a priority of the committee to make sure our message got out loud and clear to those societies and governments overseas.

    Areas within the states that were truly exciting were the various speeches given by so many wonderful individuals both within and outside the LGBT communities. Locations such as Atlanta, Millington, Oklahoma City, Jackson, Athens, and many others experienced true success and joy on this day, with a sense of belonging, along with a strong personal feeling of the timing being right and our window of opportunity wide open to fight hard and gain our Basic Human Rights by continuing to build on the momentum that continued and was enhanced on this very special day.

    The following is what was initially put out on Sunday, April 22, 2012 relating to the attendance worldwide and the success of the event:

    After going through tons of emails, facebook messages, footage from the day, right now the preliminary unconfirmed numbers worldwide looks like we are talking about anywhere from 6-8,000 worldwide participants…we had a few pride events on this day in conjunction with this worldwide effort, private participation in many countries where atrocities are common within the communities and for safety and privacy issues their events were not publicized, many private events going on in Great Britain that were not in the media out of respect for the Queens Birthday on April 21, so there are many factors that entered into these estimates. With these items in mind and the more than 20 active locations in the event out of more than 30 registered and numerous unregistered locations participating in one way or another, spotters, lead organizer comments and many other factors allowed us today, after reviewing hours of information, footage, etc. to arrive at these numbers.

    What has been done and what each of you did today will change the world as we know it. Societies and governments worldwide will now know that we DEMAND our BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS and we will not let anything stand in our way. This education and enlightenment will allow every member of every society, as well as all governments worldwide to be aware of the atrocities occurring in various parts of the world, along with the lack of existence and application worldwide of the laws necessary to assure that every individual is guaranteed those same rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity as those enjoyed by all other segments of societies throughout the world. THIS IGNORANCE MUST AND WILL STOP AND IS A REQUIRED STEP ON OUR JOURNEY TO FULL EQUALITY…

    EQUALITY will be much closer because of EACH OF YOU and all of your efforts to make this day, April 21, 2012 a success and a day to go down in the history books as the day thousands of people united together in 32 different countries and states throughout the world, along with individuals from many unofficial site locations too numerous to mention, to make their voices heard. Our work is just now beginning and we will build on this momentum with a documentary on this special day that is being planned and forthcoming prior to the elections in America in November.

    I am truly blessed to know each of you and my own life is forever changed because of each of you. I love all of you and care very much and please know that I will always be here for anything any of you may need.

    With tears of joy in my eyes…Joe Knudson!

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