CT residents joined the national Equality March for Unity and Pride in Hartford Sunday afternoon and called upon the LGBT community to continue fighting for their rights under the Trump administration. From Portland, Maine, to Anchorage, Alaska, members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters marched against hate, violence, and all forms of discrimination on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
"It's just so important right now for us to come together and show that we are still a cohesive force", Barry said, "we are still a force to be reckoned with".
Another speaker, Chris O'Connor of Equality Maine, said that opponents of equality are "more emboldened and powerful than ever".
"While we have made significant advances in the rights of LGBTQ people, there is so much work left to do", said Edwards.
A crowd estimated at about 1000 gathered in Lexington Sunday for the community's first LGBTQ Pride Rally and March. "We're not done yet".
There are similar marches being held across the country, including Washington, D.C.
"We all deserve to be free", they said.
June is National LGBTQ Pride month.
"I want to show that it is OK to be gay and also that stereotypes don't matter", Murray said. While President Donald Trump has refused to say whether he supports marriage equality - he's said he's "fine" with the ruling - indications abound that he's preparing to undermine LGBT rights.
Numerous those attending said they felt their community was under threat from the new government. They all identify as gay men.
The pride parade began at the state Capitol and ended at the intersection of East Locust and East Second streets.
Reg Franchi, a transgender gay man, traveled from Los Angeles, which is having a resist march in place of its annual Pride Parade this year, where they've traded the typical pride floats for a march on civil rights for LGBT people. You can check to see if your city is participating by looking here.
At the end of the event, Grites reflected back on the march and said, "A lot of the protests in the Capital are peaceful, which is great".
Leaders of those groups have been embittered by several actions of Trump's administration - including the rollback of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.
Despite that, Pride Month will continue with events around the world for people to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community.