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The Astonishing Photographs Of The 1993 LGBTQ Rally Would Want You To Go Back In Time

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual, Transgender and Queer.This community has been struggling to get an equal status in society for decades.This community is of the view that all humans are equal. But how does one's sexual orientation or preferences, unusual from the common ones, devoid him/her of basic human rights? Though developed nations have been working on this issue and have made attempts to pass laws, conditions for LGBTQ community have not improved much. But they are in much better position now as they have shown the courage to voice their grievances publicly in last two decades.WittyFeed brings you pictures of one the biggest rallies in the history of United States. It was organised in Washington DC in 1993 to press for the equal rights of the LGBTQ community. The DC police department put the numbers between 800,000 and more than 1 million making it one of the largest protests in American history.

25th April, 1993. 

This day witnessed a historic rally in Washington DC. It was organised by LGBTQ community. Till date, it stands out to be one of the biggest marches of all time. 

Making history!

The National Park Service estimated attendance at 300,000 but their figure attracted so much negative attention that it stopped issuing attendance estimates for similar events after this rally.

Unconditional supporters. 

These unconditional supporters, who were angry yet smiling, had unbiasedly supported the LGBT community. 

Different scenarios. 

Back then, the LGBTQ community lived under difficult circumstances as the society shunned them instead of helping them or accepting them as its part. 

Dark Ages. 

It feels like it was just yesterday. But it was the time when HIV-AIDS epidemic was spreading across the world.

A major concern. 

One of the major concerns of this rally was to ensure a higher federal funding for the HIV-AIDS research and patients' treatment. 

End military ban.

Another major motive of this rally was to ask the military to end the ban on the LGBTQ community. The army didn't recruit members of this community, no matter what!

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

After the protest, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," rule was passed in 1994 that allowed anybody from the LGBTQ community to serve in the military but they had to keep their status hidden. 

But it was still homophobic. 

Since, people had to keep their "un-straight" identity hidden if they were from LGBTQ community, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was quite homophobic. 

It was eventually replaced in 2011. 

On July 22, 2011, former US President Barack Obama claimed that the US army was ready to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen signed it off. 

Better rights for parents of LGBTQ community. 

In 1993, same-sex marriage was a far-fetched thought. The marchers wanted that atleast the same-sex couple should be allowed to adopt children. Now, gay marriage has been legalised in the USA. Former US President Barrack Obama had said, "This is a victory for America."

Key demands.

The LGBTQ community had another demand. They wanted that lessons on leading LGBQT personalities should be included in the academic syllabus. The marchers said, "Shouldn't students learn about historical figures like Harvey Milk and Marsha P Johnson just like they learn about Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr?"

End discrimination regarding gender, race, religion, everything and anything.

The posters, placards during the march read:"We demand an end to discrimination and violent oppression based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, identification, race, religion, identity, sex and gender expression, disability, age, class, AIDS/HIV infection.”