Over 300 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community activists participated in the May Day March and Rally in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 1. The event, an annual installment of Downtown L.A. since 1999, seeks to increase support and awareness of immigrant and workers rights.

During the march, the group’s organizers lead the contingent in chants that included: “Somos Transgéneros, ¡Presente!, Somos Lesbianas, ¡Presente!, “Somos Pueblo, Presente.”

Participants also expressed the need to end to violence against LGBTQ immigrants in Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers as well as fair immigration policies for binational couples.

Among the organizations that took part in the Queer Contingent include, Los Angeles Queer, Latino Equality Alliance, MALDEF, Hollywood Youth Pride, Legacy, National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, Trans Latina Coalition, API Equality Los Angeles, Bienestar, Proyecto Orgullo-Bienestar, Sin Fronteras, The Wall/Las Memorias Project, Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team, Asian Queer Women Activists, Gender Justice LA, Korean Americans United for Equality, The LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Pride at Work, Equality California, California Faculty Associations’ LGBT and Latino Caucus, Equal Action, Lavender Caucus SEIU 721, Sleep with the Right People, UNITE HERE, Stonewall Democratic Club, Barbara Jordan/Jordan Rustin Coalition, ACLU of Southern California, INCITE! LA, and Beautiful Struggle.

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