State Street was packed Sunday as members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community came together to rally for the Black Lives Matter movement. Even though "Out Alliance," an LGBTQ+ organization shut down, its message of pushing for equality still stands.
What You Need To Know
- State Street was packed Sunday as members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community came together to rally for BLM
- They walked from State Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
- Organizers say the rally was held on June 28 to mark the 51st anniversary of the stonewall riots
"And we feel that as a staff, it was incredibly important to make sure that an agency that fought for rights for the LGBTQ+ community is out here for the rights of Black Lives Matter," says Tamara Leigh, a former Out Alliance staff member.
People from all walks of life came together to stand united.
"Rochester needs the support. It needs an integrated support of so many communities to have everyone welcome," says Audrey Rodriquez.
After meeting at State Street, the protesters took to the streets to march. They walked all the way to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.
Organizers say the rally was held on June 28 to mark the 51st anniversary of the stonewall riots. That movement was seen as a turning point for the LGBTQ+ community.
At the protest, speakers reflected on the anniversary and shared stories of what it was like currently being black and a part of the LGBTQ+ community. For many who came, it was eye opening to hear many of the stories told.
"I feel like everyone has a story, everyone needs to be heard. It's like you can't lose the significance of why everyone is here. Everyone is different, everyone is unique, everyone has their own personal life style, personality, everyone matters," says Briana Williams, a Rochester resident.