New York Pride marchers target Trump, San Francisco parties

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 (Reuters) - Large crowds turned out for Pride marches on Sunday in New York City and San Francisco, the two U.S. places most associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement, with the East Coast city bringing a more political flavor to the event sparked by events there almost 50 years ago.

A group of marchers heading down New York's Fifth Avenue carried photographs of Trump and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, as others waved banners bearing the word 'RESIST' and the rainbow flag of the Pride movement.

In contrast, a smattering of anti-Trump signs in San Francisco was drowned out by a desire to let loose. "It's too good a day to be upset about Trump," said Richard Babb, 66, of San Francisco.

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Participants take part in the LGBT Pride March in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Participants take part in a "die in" during the LGBT Pride March in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Participants take part in the LGBT Pride March in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Participants take part in the LGBT Pride March in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
People watch as participants take part in the LGBT Pride March in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A boy carries a rainbow flag near The Stonewall Inn, on the eve of the LGBT Pride March, in the Greenwich Village section of New York City, U.S. June 24, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: People march down 5th Ave. in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the world on June 25, 2017 in New York City. Thouands cheered as members of LGBT community danced and marched under a bright summer sun. Many participants carried political themed signs as President Trump's adminstration has angered some in the LGBT community. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Participants in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the world, march in the West Village in Manhattan on June 25, 2017 in New York City. Thouands cheered as members of LGBT community danced and marched under a bright summer sun. Many participants carried political themed signs as President Trump's adminstration has angered some in the LGBT community. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio walks alongside parade-goers as they make their way down 5th Avenue during the NYC Pride March on June 25, 2017. The NYC Pride March celebrates its 48th annual parade . / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Participants in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the world, make their way down 5th Avenue in Manhattan on June 25, 2017 in New York City. Thouands cheered as members of LGBT community danced and marched under a bright summer sun. Many participants carried political themed signs as President Trump's adminstration has angered some in the LGBT community. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Participants in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the world, march in the West Village in Manhattan on June 25, 2017 in New York City. Thouands cheered as members of LGBT community danced and marched under a bright summer sun. Many participants carried political themed signs as President Trump's adminstration has angered some in the LGBT community. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Participants in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the world, make their way down 5th Avenue in Manhattan on June 25, 2017 in New York City. Thouands cheered as members of LGBT community danced and marched under a bright summer sun. Many participants carried political themed signs as President Trump's adminstration has angered some in the LGBT community. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Participants in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the world, make their way down 5th Avenue in Manhattan on June 25, 2017 in New York City. Thouands cheered as members of LGBT community danced and marched under a bright summer sun. Many participants carried political themed signs as President Trump's adminstration has angered some in the LGBT community. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: People cheer for marchers walking down 5th Ave. in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the world on June 25, 2017 in New York City. Thouands cheered as members of LGBT community danced and marched under a bright summer sun. Many participants carried political themed signs as President Trump's adminstration has angered some in the LGBT community. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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In New York, Brad Hoylman, a Democratic lawmaker in the New York State Senate, said lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were "under assault" by the Trump administration.

"He already rolled back rights for transgender students, for example, and the list is on and on," he said. "So we have a lot more work to do, that's why we are here today."

As a candidate, Trump promised to protect gay people. But his move in February to revoke the Obama administration's guidance letting transgender students choose which gender bathroom they use, and his executive order last month to promote "religious liberty" have been seen by some as discriminatory.

The New York march's grand marshals this year include the American Civil Liberties Union, which was chosen for its history of litigation defending gay rights; Brooke Guinan, a transgender woman who works as a firefighter in the city; and Geng Le, a gay rights activist in China.

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The march route ends on Christopher Street in Manhattan's West Village in order to commemorate the riots that broke out there in 1969 after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, in an event seen as a turning point in the gay rights movement. One of the first Pride marches happened close by a year later.

In San Francisco, revelers had to pass through one of dozens of metal security detectors to get into the main plaza.

"Happy Pride everyone!" a security monitor yelled to the crowd, as people cheered and saluted. "Have fun today."

Two gay cousins attended the parade dressed in tutus and unicorn headbands.

"We see this as a party, not a political protest," Qiaira McPeters, 18, said. Despite that, McPeters said that she feels things for gay people have been getting worse.

"Gay people are getting beat up all the time," she said. (Writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bill Rigby)

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