Despite heavy hearts and threats of violence, Los Angeles still hosted its annual Pride celebration as scheduled last weekend, and the crowds turned out in record numbers to show their solidarity with the victims in Orlando.
Pride goers in L.A. had a clear message for all the antigay extremists in the world: Absolutely nothing will stop us from living our lives openly, loving who we want freely and celebrating and supporting our community without fear or shame.
Scroll down for powerful images from last weekend’s Los Angeles Pride celebration…
People sometimes ask why gay people celebrate Pride or why they even get a Pride weekend in their city. It's a reminder for us to honor those who have struggled for our rights, for us to continue to fight to be equal, and for us to celebrate our freedom to be who we are and to love. #dontstopkissing #loveislove #orlando #lapride
There was a bittersweet energy surrounding LA Pride yesterday. Tears were flowing, we were laughing and crying at the same time. It was amazing to be surrounded by so much love during a tragedy like this. There seems to be a whole different meaning to #OrlandoPride now. I'm making arrangements and will be coming home to Orlando this weekend. I can't wait to hug my friends ? #LAPride #OrlandoStrong