The Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches are already being called the biggest one-day protests in US history — according to The Women’s March website, nearly million people made it out this weekend to nearly 700 marches held in all seven continents and over 60 countries. On Friday, we experienced a collective nightmare in which the worst man in the entire United States, Donald J. Trump, was sworn in as our next president. So on Saturday, we marched. Not everybody marched, of course. A lot of people didn’t want to, others had to work or had health issues preventing them from partaking. But holy shit did a lot of us get out there and march.
In Washington DC at least 1.3 million people gathered for The Women’s March, an event with an explicitly intersectional platform and a diverse list of speakers and performers who raised awareness about issues often ignored by mainstream white middle-class feminism. In Chicago so many turned out for the rally that they had to cancel the march for public safety concerns. In Boston, an anticipated 25,000 marchers turned out to be at least 175,000. Over 500,000 protesters flooded Midtown Manhattan, marching from the United Nations to Trump Towers. Los Angeles expected 25,000 and got 750,000, its most popular protest in over a decade. St. Paul, Minnesota police are estimating between 90,000 and 100,000 marchers. Austin, Texas broke the record for the largest gathering in Texas history.
In New Mexico, Utah, Alaska and Idaho, they marched in the snow. They marched in small towns you’ve probably never heard of: in Lander, Wyoming, in Lake Erie, Ohio; Yakima, Washington; and in Zebulon, Georgia. They marched all over the world, in cities including but certainly not limited to Oslo, London, Auckland, Nairobi, Guam, Toronto, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Melbourne, Sydney, Mexico City, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, Montreal, Geneva and New Delhi.
They even marched in Paradise Bay, Antarctica.
— linda zunas (@lindazunas) January 21, 2017
And, of course, as is our way, the queers and lesbians and bisexual women were out in droves. The flagship event in Washington DC, as viewed via YouTube livestream, had the soothing quality of somehow always managing to keep queer musician and A-Camp fave Be Steadwell in the frame, or else lesbian folk/blues artist Toshi Reagon, seated nearby with her guitar. Speakers included trans activist Janet Mock, lesbian activist and author Angela Davis, the Astrea Lesbian Foundation For Justice’s J. Bob Alotta, and writer and Transgender Law Center associate Raquel Willis. Performers included Janelle Monáe, Samantha Ronson, The Indigo Girls and Climbing PoeTree. Among the DC marchers: Ellen Page, Abby Wambach, Hari Nef, JD Samson, Amandla Stenberg, Jill Soloway, Evan Rachel Wood, Cameron Esposito, St. Vincent, Lea DeLaria, Ani DiFranco, Lily Tomlin, Carrie Brownstein, Danielle Brooks, Lauren Jauregui, Monica Raymund, Rhea Butcher and Sally Kohn. Also, Scarlett Johansson has acquired a lesbian haircut. Just saying.
In Los Angeles, GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis spoke at the rally that also featured transgender activist and actress Laverne Cox. On social media, posts from the Los Angeles march popped up from queer celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Alexandra Billings, Rowan Blanchard, Hannah Hart, Jenny Owen Youngs, Kesha and Kate Moennig.
I was in Ann Arbor, a college town with a long history of liberal activism that attracted around 11,000 marchers for an afternoon rally, including lots of students but also a lot of parents with small children.
This is, hopefully, the beginning of a genuine protest movement that will only grow as Trump continues, against all odds and common sense, to remain president of this country day after day. Seasoned activists saw a lot of young people come out and march for the first time this weekend, but undoubtedly many of these protesters, even the young ones, have come out before. We’ve marched for Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street, or we marched against Prop 8 or other LGBTQ causes. This is important to talk about because extended and crucial conversations that came out of those movements have already helped shape this new one. Specifically, The Women’s March has benefited from past conversations around racism within the social justice community and specifically the tendency of white feminists to push their issues into center stage, failing to consider the existence of, let alone promote or give a platform to, the causes that matter most to people of color. Initially, the March seemed like more of the same White Feminism as before — its initial co-founders were two cis straight white women, retired attorney Teresa Shook of Hawai’i and Bob Bland, the founder of Manafacture New York. When Okayafrica’s Vanessa Wruble saw the event gathering steam on social media, she reached out to Bland and Shook to strongly suggest they get some women of color onto their team, and thus they immediately did so. Bob Bland now shares the national co-chair position with three women of color: Linda Sarsour (executive director of the Arab American Association of New York), Tamika D. Mallory (African-American civil rights activist and gun control advocate) and Carmen Perez (executive director of Harry Belafonte’s Gathering for Justice). From that point forward, most of the march’s initiatives were explicitly inclusive and intersectional, a tradition that must continue for future protests to be successful. The movement isn’t perfect by any means — for example, it seems to have some major blind spots w/r/t trans issues — but it does seem to be on the right track and is open to feedback and criticism. And now we have the internet, which’ll enable information to be disseminated and actions to be planned with far more ease than women’s movements past. Going forward, the onus will be on the most privileged marchers to continue showing up for issues that don’t impact them directly. The March’s website already has begun posting information on actions we can continue to take every day, starting this week with writing our senators.
So we didn’t get our first woman president — but for one day after Trump’s swearing-in, women ruled the world just the same. Look at these pictures of protests all over the world. Look at the Women’s March on the front pages of every newspaper.
And now, below, look at the LGBTQ people and LGBTQ Allies I found all over Instagram, standing up for themselves or standing up on our behalf. There are literally hundreds of marches I didn’t include here, including many of the largest ones, due to time constraints, but I did my best!
This is DAY ONE. We have so much work left to do.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Asheville, North Carolina
— Larisa O'Neill (@laurie2474) January 22, 2017
Today I marched for my cause. For my LGBT friends, family, neighbors, classmates, and everyone that is unable to have a voice. I'm so proud to be a gay woman, and from my experience today I can truly say that LOVE TRUMPS HATE ?️??️? (?: @mporter325 ) #Boston #lgbt #lesbian #womensmarch #bostonwomensmarch #womensmarchonboston #lovetrumpshate
The fam came THRU! Thanks to all who marched, danced, and sang with us today at #womensmarchchicago . That mobile speaker system turned this march into a bonafide #slomoparty – LIFE GIVING! The jams were bumping, the sun was shining and the love was felt. 250k strong. Chicago, you are the realist.?✊?✊?✊?❤? TAG US IN YOUR PICS!
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." -Desmond Tutu ❤️???? #womensmarchonwashington #womensmarchchicago #nojusticenopeace #womensrights #endsexism #endmisogyny #nohate #respect #protest #queer #intersectionalfeminism #transgender #trans #transman #transguy #transandproud #transmenofinstagram #thisiswhattranslookslike #ftm #femaletomale #lgbtq #lgbtpride #genderbender #genderfluid #transmasculine #transpride #legalizetrans #transisbeautiful #lgbt
One thing this lady right here has done for me is completely change my life… being around her every week has made a huge impact on my life and the lives of anyone I have the pleasure of coming in contact with. Now every day I'm striving to do better, and be more of a positive influence to others, and of course #promotelove in anything I do! @imsteph I'm honored and so very grateful that I get to call you my boss, mentor, and more importantly my friend!! I can't wait to see what this year with @promotelovemovement and @imsteph brings! super excited ?? #promotelovemovement #promotelove #dallas #lgbtq #communitylove #dallaswomensmarch #pride #lifelessonswithsteph
surrounded by a bunch of queer af, trans and proud, nasty women, folx of color, diversity supporting humans. together we must collect, congregate, and refuse to be silenced or made invisible. social justice, rights, and equity for all humans regardless of age, ability, race, ethnicity, citizenship status, class, sex, sexuality, gender, gender identity, religion, all the things. || #march #womensmarch #equity #socialjustice #activism #advocate #socialwork #denver #colorado #trans #queer #lgbt #lgbtq #notmypresident
I have felt a lot in the past two months but sadly proud isn't one of those feelings. Today I stood with 200,000 women and allies with my partner and I felt proud again. I felt proud to be a Mexican American lesbian woman because all of my lefty feminist sisters were at my side. Today all across the world women stood for hope that one day we can march in celebration of equality not as a fight for equality. In America today we marched for not only our rights but for so much more. We stood up to trump (who I refuse to refer to as my president) to tell him that verbiage such as "looker room talk " and "boys will be boys" are not excuses for degradation. To show that our pussies are not to be grabbed without permission. Today we stood united and no matter what we will survive. #waterislife #motherearth #future #denver #colorado #milehigh #5280 #protest #djt #nodjt #makeamericagreatagain #makeamericagayagain #dowtown #equality #lgbt #lgbtq #voiceforthevoiceless #womensmarch #dumptrump #notmypresident #merica #democracy #hope #love #peace
#womensmarchonwashington #houston #tx #unitedwerise #women #novaginanoopinion #mypussygrabsback #loveislove #nohate #buildbridgesnotwalls #hewillnotdivideus #womensrightsarehumanrights #girlpower #equality #lesbolove #girlswholikegirls #lesbian #pousseyriot #thefutureisfemale #womensmarchhouston #awomensplaceisintheresistance #orangeisNOTthenewblack #whyimarch #solidarity #broadsgetshitdone #broads #nastywoman #thisiswhatdemocracylookslike ?????????????????????????????❤️??❤️??????♀️??♀️?????????????⚖️??✈️?????????????????????????????????????⚕️??♀️?♀️??♀️??♀️??♀️??♀️????????????????✊?✌????????????
Key West, Florida
I march because I love my country and I believe America's greatness derives from welcoming immigrants, maintaining a free press, and providing a free quality public education for all children. I march because I recognize that systemic injustice exists and involves everyone. I march to show my kids it is productive to be pro-position, rather than anti-person. I march because that sign my daughter made deserves to be held high. #whyimarch #womensmarch #womensmarchkodiak #womensmarchalaska
Lansing's Women's March?standing in solidarity with women across the world?this is what democracy looks like? #lansing #revolution #womensmarchonwashington #solidarity #bethechange #liveauthentic #lgbt #transrightsarehumanrights #youarenotalone #standup #fuckdonaldtrump #notmypresident #loveyourself #positivevibes #saturday #transgender #transwomen #lgbt #nonbinary #genderfluid
Los Angeles, California
Because I have been cat called way too many times (even at the march) Because I have been told to always cover up Because I have been told to not walk in the dark Because female body's are overly sexualized Because no mother should ever be ashamed to breastfeed Because I have been told being gay is a sin Because I'm scared of people I care about being deported Because I have been told I'm too pretty to be Mexican Because I believe every woman should decide what to do with their own bodies Because a father covered his sons eyes when he saw me Because my body my choice Because I have a voice Because I'm not afraid Because I don't want my rights taken away ……WHY I MARCH!! #womensmarch #womensmarchla #losangeles #lovetrumpshate #lgbt #lgbtpride #gay #lesbian #chicanos #latina #dumptrump #nastywoman #notmypresident #womenagainsttrump #feminism #feminist #peace #love #dtla #freethenipple #women #womyn #ootd
Mexico City, Mexico
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York, New York
Black Lives Matter. Latinx Lives Matter. Native Lives Matter. Queer Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. People With Disabilities Matter. Reproductive Rights Matter. ••••••••••••This march was bitter sweet. It was soo much fun walking and talking with my honey @jessiemaemucho. I got instantly happy when I saw people of color in the crowd because I know we didn't have to be there. Especially, black women. Black Women overwhelmingly voted against him. Against his hate. His bigotry. We did. 84% of black women if you checkin' receipts. "We" didn't get us here. We tried to avoid this. But still, here we are and we still march. We still here. My body hurts. My soul hurts. My feet hurt. But, I am still here. But we are really tired of fighting for a country that don't give a shit about us though. But I smile because this is why I march and my son is watching me. #blacklivesmatter #latinxlivesmatter #nativelivesmatter #translivesmatter #queerlivesmatter #reproductiverightsmatter #peoplewithdisabilitiesmatter #womensmarchnyc #womensmarch
How can you work to fight hate and hateful policies in your community on an ongoing basis? Ask yourself. especially my white feminist friends from spaces of privilege. solidarity is a verb. It was heartening to be at #womensmarchoakland and I want to see the energy of this day extend to action and resistance in our respective communities throughout 2017 and beyond!!. ???✊?✊?✊️✊?✊?? #thefutureisdisabled #translivesmatter #blacklivesmatter #hexthepatriarchy #fuckwhitesupremacy #queerjewsagainstislamophobia #dykewitches #brownlivesmatter #migrationisahumanright #nohumanisillegal #fuckableism
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
#womensmarchphiladelphia ~ Sun Personal: @radical.sunshines Spam: @sunisdog Need advice? @sagadvice Backup: @raging_backup_ HOTLINES: United States: Suicide Hotline: 1800-273-8255 LGBT Hotline: 1866-488-7386 Violence Hotline: 1800-799-7233 Addiction Helpline: 800-910-3734 Sexual Assault Hotline: 877-995-5247 TAGS: #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtq+ #gay #lesbian #queer #pansexual #bi #bisexual #questioning #trans #genderqueer #demigirl #demiboy #genderfluid #transgender #asexual #aromantic #demisexual #greya #nonbinary #transgirl #transboy #bigender #saga
today was an epic day across the country. i was lucky enough to attend the women's march in phoenix with my own daughter. SO MUCH LOVE and hope and empowerment was shared in our diverse group of peaceful protesters. i enjoyed everyone's expression and art thru the creation of their unique posters. pictured here a couple of radical women in the crowd. #LOVEWINS power to the peaceful ✌️️❤️? #womensmarchonwashington #womensmarch #womensmarchphoenix #equality #equalrights #equalrightsforall #peaceonearth #peace #love #lovetrumpshate
— Sol ?? 53!! (@fIawlesssivan) January 22, 2017
San Diego, California
Get up, stand up • • • • #CompassQ #womensmarch #womensmarchsandiego #womensmarch2017 #nastywomen #nastywoman #mybodymychoice #whyimarch #solidarity #vsco #vscocam #vscodaily #solotraveler #sandiego #womenempowerment #blacklivesmatter #lgbtrights #transrights #sony #sonyimages #sonyphoto #sonyphotography #vintage #vintageclothes #80sclothing
San Francisco, California
Trenton, New Jersey
Vancouver, BC Canada
Today was neither the first nor last time I stood with these queers to demand respect. It was a peak. Less like a geographical peak, tho, more like the peaks when you're whipping cream! #hosbeforeliterallyeverybody #hosfromdifferentareacodes #whyimarch #womensmarch #womensmarchonwashington #sexworkiswork #sexworkersrights #sexwork #queer