LA march for LGBT rights

By Carlos Ramirez

LOS ANGELES--About 300 LGBT youth, allies and supporters gathered downtown March 22 for a protest that organizers said would be "against homophobia, discrimination, abuse, forced homelessness of queer youth and for marriage equality."

The participants were undeterred by a little wind and rain, and arrived by Noon, ready to take to the streets and have their voices heard.

As Ana Exiga, a high school student and one of the organizers of the march, said, "It was amazing that many youth and other supporters came down to march along with us in solidarity." Irving Orozco, another march organizer, said, "All the determination of the youth brought was amazing."

The march went through Chinatown and Olvera Street, where many people stood on the sidewalks and paid close attention to the signs, with slogans such as "Gay rights are human rights."

March participants were multi-ethnic and included the Korean Immigrant Worker Association drummers.

Speakers at the beginning and end of the march emphasized the importance of equality on all issues--health care, education, immigration, environmental and others.