Portraits of pride in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people sporting rainbow attire, "Make America Gay Again" hats and homemade protest signs took part on Sunday in a "Resist March" in Los Angeles against President Donald Trump, an event that took the place of the city's annual pride parade.

The march ended with a rally and speeches by Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives; Mayor Eric Garcetti; and actor and drag queen icon RuPaul.

Despite the sharper focus on political issues this year, the event remained at its core a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identity. It was one of dozens of pride events scheduled in major cities across the United States this month.

Trump has antagonized many minorities since taking office in January. A ReaClearPolitics average of opinion polls show his approval rating is currently 39 percent, although he retains strong support among Republicans.

Here are portraits of some of those who took part in the march through Los Angeles.

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Khuong Lam, 35, poses for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Lam said: "What are you doing? What have you done to our country? I love this country."

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Dalyan Johnston, 14, (L-R) Lisa Rubio, 51, and Isabel Balboa, 50, pose for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Balboa said: "He's not going to change so we're going to change America because he's not going to change us."

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Samantha Jaque-Anton, 16, poses for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Jaque-Anton said: "I� talk to him about how difficult it is to live in a place where people are discriminated against and ask him to look at the world through our eyes and my eyes and my mother's eyes and all my friends around me and to see how his America has changed us." 

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Tommy Craven, 24, poses for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Tommy said: "When you see people out at Pride representing trans rights, representing gay rights, representing everybody's rights, none of that is inclusive in anything that he's putting forward. How do you expect our country to be great if a large part of the population is being kept out of that equation?" 

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Katrina, 25 (L), and Devon, 22, pose for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Katrina said: "There are so many issues that young people really, really care about because it's our future and our children's future. We're afraid."

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Dale Rowse, 47 (L), and his husband John Allen, 53, pose for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Allen said: "If Trump had been transparent from the word go at lot of this wouldn't have happened and clearly he has something to hide because he's not transparent. It's just really telling and it's just unfortunate that we have to do these things and march. It's very sad that we're going backwards; it's very disappointing. You have hope for people but he has really just let everybody down."

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Loris Queen, 22, poses for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017.

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Jao Belanders, 22, poses for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Belanders said: "Why so much hate? It baffles me how someone can have so much hate in their heart and inequality and think that's OK and that's power. As president, he should be a leader who inspires hope and change for the better and not influence people to think negatively of other people. It breaks my heart to see that."

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Brenda Coston, 47, poses for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S. June 11, 2017. Coston said: "I would say to him that love is love and women are not second class citizens; they have as many rights as anyone. People are people. Love is love. Equal rights for everyone. That's why I'm here today." 

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Cristian Cifuentes, 47, (L), and Sister Teryn McCloseoff, 41, pose for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S. June 11, 2017. Cifuentes said: "As Americans, we don't believe in hate, we believe in hope. We want a country that is accepting of any kind of race, religion or just choice to love whomever you want to. So, I don't agree with his choices, I don't agree with anything he does and I really hope that Americans wake up and reelect representatives who really look out for their rights."

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Marisol Ramirez, 46, (L), and Stephanie Hall, 37, pose for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Ramirez said: "What I would say to Trump is to please consider the ramifications of his words, his actions. All that he's doing and saying is perpetuating hate in our environment. It's not good for our future, it's not good for our children." 

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Daniel Jennings, 24, poses for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Jennings said: "It's not America First, it's Humanity First. We're all equal; it doesn't matter what country you're born in. It doesn't matter where you emigrate to and where you end up. We're all humans and we need to value human lives the same."

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Jessica Kilbury, 29, poses for a portrait during the Resist March against President Donald Trump in West Hollywood, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. Kilbury said: "Please give rights to my friends, my family, my brothers and sisters and make equality available for everyone." 

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

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One of two Reuters photographers among the crowd asked what each of them would say if given 30 seconds to sit down with Trump.

Katrina, 25 and Devon, 22
Katrina: "There are so many issues that young people really, really care about because it's our future and our children's future. We're afraid."

Samantha Jaque-Anton, 16
"I'd talk to him about how difficult it is to live in a place where people are discriminated against and ask him to look at the world through our eyes and my eyes and my mother's eyes and all my friends around me and to see how his America has changed us."

Jao Belanders, 22
"Why so much hate? It baffles me how someone can have so much hate in their heart and inequality and think that's OK and that's power. As president, he should be a leader who inspires hope and change for the better and not influence people to think negatively of other people. It breaks my heart to see that."

Dalyan Johnston, 14, Lisa Rubio, 51, and Isabel Balboa, 50
Balboa: "He's not going to change, so we're going to change America because he's not going to change us."

Tommy Craven, 24
"When you see people out at Pride representing trans rights, representing gay rights, representing everybody's rights, none of that is inclusive in anything that he's putting forward. How do you expect our country to be great if a large part of the population is being kept out of that equation?"

Dale Rowse, 47 and John Allen, 53
Allen: "It's very sad that we're going backwards; it's very disappointing."

Brenda Coston, 47
"Women are not second class citizens; they have as many rights as anyone. People are people. Love is love. Equal rights for everyone. That's why I'm here today."

Marisol Ramirez, 46 and Stephanie Hall, 37
Ramirez: "What I would say to Trump is to please consider the ramifications of his words, his actions. All that he's doing and saying is perpetuating hate in our environment. It's not good for our future, it's not good for our children."

Cristian Cifuentes, 47, and Teryn McCloseoff, 41
Cifuentes: "As Americans, we don't believe in hate. We believe in hope."

Caitrin Walsh, 23, and Allison Collette, 29
Collette: "Take a deep breath and just think about the fact that there's other people in this world who may not have the privileges he was born with and to maybe take a second and try to see their point of view."

Daniel Jennings, 24
"It's not America First, it's Humanity First. We're all equal; it doesn't matter what country you're born in. It doesn't matter where you emigrate to and where you end up. We're all humans and we need to value human lives the same."

Jessica Kilbury, 29
"Please give rights to my friends, my family, my brothers and sisters and make equality available for everyone."

Loris Queen, 22, Scarlet Moon, 33 and Selena Blackwater, 25
Moon: "Open your heart. Open your heart."

Khuong Lam, 35
"What are you doing? What have you done to our country? I love this country."

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A sign seen during LA Pride Resist March in Los Angeles, California on June 11, 2017. Tens of thousands of members of the LGBTQ community and their allies gather for the annual gay pride parade which this year was replaced with a Resist March. (MANDATORY: Photo Credit: Ronen Tivony) (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LGBT members and their supporters take part of the Equality March for Unity & Pride parade in Washington DC, June 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: A man carries a sign referencing First Lady Melania Trump at the #ResistMarch during the 47th annual LA Pride Festival on June 11, 2017, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, California. Inspired by the huge women� marches that took place around the world following the inauguration of President Donald Trump and by the early pride demonstrations of the 1970s, LA Pride replaced its decades-old parade with the #ResistMarch protest to promote human rights by marching from Hollywood to West Hollywood. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
People participate in a Resist March that replaced the annual Pride Parade in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: A woman holds a sign in support of her transgender son at the #ResistMarch during the 47th annual LA Pride Festival on June 11, 2017, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, California. Inspired by the huge women� marches that took place around the world following the inauguration of President Donald Trump and by the early pride demonstrations of the 1970s, LA Pride replaced its decades-old parade with the #ResistMarch protest to promote human rights by marching from Hollywood to West Hollywood. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: People march in the #ResistMarch during the 47th annual LA Pride Festival on June 11, 2017, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, California. Inspired by the huge women� marches that took place around the world following the inauguration of President Donald Trump and by the early pride demonstrations of the 1970s, LA Pride replaced its decades-old parade with the #ResistMarch protest to promote human rights by marching from Hollywood to West Hollywood. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Members of the LGBT community and their supporters participate in the Los Angeles Gay Pride Resist March, June 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. The Resist March is being held in conjunction with the LGBT Equality March for Unity & Pride parade in Washington DC. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LGBT members and their supporters take part of the Equality March for Unity & Pride parade in Washington DC, June 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
LGBT members and their supporters take part of the Equality March for Unity & Pride parade in Washington DC, June 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Lucy Nicholson and Mike Blake in Los Angeles; Writing by Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Frank McGurty, Richard Chang and Frances Kerry)

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