Autostraddle’s National Equality March Photo Gallery

On October 10th, 2009, a whole bunch of gays, lesbians, transpeople, queers, bisexuals,  and allies marched on Washington DC to demand marriage equality, an end to employment discrimination and the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

Autostraddle marched and witnessed the splendor on the grass. Here’s some photos we took (thanks for the digital camera, Gay Mom!) from the ground.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. I love these pictures. I love everyone in these pictures. I love everyone around these pictures. I love everyone in the room I am in right now. I love autostraddle!!!!!!

    (But mainly, I love Lady Gaga)

    also, also! Cynthia Nixon went to Barnard so I should/will/definitely get an interview with her. DUH.

  2. Seeing these pictures made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Good job, girls. =)

    P.S. Laura has the cutest smile. Gee! (sorry if this creeps you out. I mean coming from a total stranger on the interwebs)

  3. omg y’allz. I have a trillion feelings about this. my mom skyped me today and told me that she went to the march, with a rainbow flag and all. 3 months ago, that would have been inconceivable. it totally makes my day!

  4. The march was amazing! Unfortunately what started out with a bang ended with a hungry stomach and a fraction of the number we started with.

    Also, Riese and army thanks for not looking at me too much like I’m a weirdo.

    • secretly, we are also weirdos!
      we were starving too. i honestly think that the whole thing would’ve gone a lot better if someone had been selling food on the lawn! seriously i would’ve eaten just about anything in the world by about 2:30 pm, and DC is not exactly hopping with food joints on the weekend. they needed more food vendors, i think people kept leaving in search of food!

      • True dat. I only saw one food vendor along the way. Bluhg. Atleast they kept our bladders in mind with the ginormous row of (bette) porter-potties, eh? Thank goodness, I even started making my own rendition of the chants “Hey hey, ho ho, Alex’s bladder has to go!” #dork

  5. Ah, nice pics. Everyone is so cute! Unfortunately this coincides with me being mildly intimidated as I walked by you guys yesterday. I involuntarily shouted out “autostraddle!” followed by a fist pump. I guess it was just shocking to see people as opposed to the writing I’ve been reading forevs. Then I received some cocked heads, maybe another “autostraddle!” back. And I ran away because everyone is so frikkin cute and I’m a bit of a weirdo. It was very much so an, oh shit, moment. Not in a bad way.

    • I recall that KC Danger screamed back first, and then all of us screamed and fist pumped at the same time, although it’s possible that Lily and Tinkerbell cocked their heads. Actually people yelling Autostraddle at us is one of my favorite things in the world, like we’re a girl gang.

    • Tinkerbell and I may have, as Riese mentioned, cocked our heads because we are quiet modest beings who do not scream/pump our fists in the air (we are also both too weak for such extreme movement). HOWEVER we were not doing this to say “that girl yelling ‘autostraddle!’ is weird” but rather in a “omg yay someone is yelling the name of the website that is the core of our happiness!”
      Or in other words (just in case you can’t follow my mind–I certainly cannot)…yelling “autostraddle!” is awesome and not weird and you should do it all the time!!!!

  6. you guys should have had a giant autostraddle sign, I was looking out for you guys and based on the pictures we were around the same area for some of it, but I never saw you! I would have wanted a picture for real for real.

    ladies there were fine though!! some of you women need to move down to dc, finding such sexy women is nearly impossible here normally.

  7. Great pics! I was sad that I didn’t make it (and that I couldn’t meet Haviland and Lily!)… Apparently the story of our broken bus is also in the Red Eye today (the free ‘young & trendy’ version of the Chicago Tribune) but I haven’t seen it yet. We had some great local speakers at the solidarity rally, but it was nothing like this.

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