February 12, 2018 at 12:55 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
‘Gays for Trump’ planning Lincoln Memorial rally
Gays for Trump, March4Trump, gay news, Washington Blade

Peter Boykin is helping to organize a pro-Trump rally next month. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

For the second year in a row the head of the group Gays for Trump is playing a lead role in organizing a march and rally in the nation’s capital on March 4 in support of President Donald Trump.

A rally associated with the upcoming event billed as “March4Trump” is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. At 4 p.m. participants attending the event will march from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House, according to an announcement by an organization called TheMagaNetwork.

The organization, which stands for Make America Great Again Network, was founded by Gays for Trump founder and president Peter Boykin. Boykin told the Washington Blade a broad coalition of Trump supporters, both gay and straight, are helping to organize the event and are expected to attend.

In an application for a permit to reserve the Lincoln Memorial grounds for the March 4 rally Boykin said organizers expect as many as 1,000 people to turn out.

“I think Trump is doing very well,” said Boykin. “I give Donald Trump big praise,” he said referring to the Trump administration’s first year in office.

Although he had reservations over Trump’s decision to reinstate a ban against transgender people serving in the U.S. military, Boykin said he sees no reversal of the rights of gays, lesbians, and bisexual people under the Trump administration despite “fake news” to the contrary being spread by what Boykin called the liberal media and liberal-left LGBT organizations.

During last year’s March4Trump event, which was held on the grounds of the Washington Monument, at least four gay speakers, including Boykin, who declared their strong support for Trump, were cheered loudly by several hundred people attending the event.

Similar to plans for this year’s event, participants in last year’s March4Trump marched from the Washington Monument grounds to Lafayette Park across the street from the White House, where they held a smaller rally before dispersing.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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