October 11, 2018 at 4:05 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
‘I Care March’ on Washington cancelled
I Care March, gay news, Washington Blade

Last year’s Equality March drew 80,000 participants. But a progressive march planned for last month fizzled.

In a little-noticed development, organizers of an “I Care March” on Washington planned for Sept. 15 of this year, which called for challenging the Trump administration by promoting a wide range of progressive causes, including LGBT rights, announced last month on Facebook that the march had been canceled.

“We were excited about the possibility of bringing together all of the organizations fighting for the different causes, marching together in unity,” a Sept. 8 Facebook post says.

“Sadly, our efforts did not go far,” the message says. “Other established groups were unwilling to join forces and partner. But we did create a community and for that we’re grateful.”

Kathie Legg, a D.C.-based political and social media consultant who launched the Facebook page calling for the I Care March, said she and other organizers wanted the march to address what progressive activists are for rather than just expressing opposition to what President Trump was doing.

She said organizers had planned to invite LGBT rights organizations to become involved in the march, which initially was to consist of a large rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Among those organizers planned to contact, Legg told the Blade, was New York City gay activist David Bruinooge, who launched a Facebook page that put in motion the June 11, 2017 LGBT Equality March for Unity and Pride.

About 80,000 people participated in that march, which traveled past the White House to the National Mall, where a rally was held.

“The march that we envisioned will not take place on Sept. 15,” the I Care March organizers said in their Sept. 8 Facebook posting. “But we’re still planning to make our voices heard.”

The “I Care March” Facebook page remained up and running as of early this week. It included a message criticizing newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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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