Equality March in San Jose Celebrates Pride Month, Fights for Unity

Celebrating equality and inclusion, droves of people on Sunday flocked to San Jose for the Equality March for Unity and Pride.

While participants rejoice in the strides made to benefit the LGBTQ community in recent years, they are also making sure to preach a message of battling complacency in the ongoing fight for acceptance.

Sunday's march in San Jose began at 11 a.m. at City Hall. After strolling through the streets, participants gathered at Plaza de César Chávez for a rally at 1 p.m.

"We are here to stand in solidarity against the bigotry and hatred that attempts to divide the nation, especially as it relates to the LGBTQ community," marcher Bryan Aubineau said from San Jose City Hall. 

Taking part in the festivities were a number of politicians, including Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, who said strides have been made, but there still is a lot at stake.

"There are still barriers across the country, and in a lot of states people can be fired from their jobs because of their orientation; that's not right," Lofgren said. "Especially with Trump in the White House, I think it's important for all of us to stand together for civil rights."

A number of similar marches took over city streets across the country, highlighted by the centerpiece event, the Equality March in Washington.

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