Throughout the day, I'll be posting video, pics, and messages from Bilerico contributors at the National Equality March. Follow them on Twitter: Bil (@bilerico), Michael Crawford (@dmcrawford), Phil Reese (@Ameriqueer), Waymon Hudson (@homopolitico), Dr. Jillian Weiss (@drjilliantweiss), and Travis Ballie (@kTravisBallie).
Looks like things are wrapping up. Bil's leaving, and took this picture as he was going:
Here's Julian Bond and Rea Carey talking, with Bil taking notes:
Bil took a few more pictures, but this one was actually taken by Phil Reese. Bil's interviewing Christine Quinn, lesbian and speaker of NYC council:
From left to right: Jerame Davis, Rea Carey (XD at NGLTF), and Waymon and Anthony:
Bilerico contributor Kate Clinton and her partner and former NGLTF XD Urvashi Vaid:
Bil says the police are estimating the crowd size is between 150-200K; Michael Crawford says The Advocate is reporting the official estimate is 150K.
Michael tweets: "[The National Equality March] is much, much bigger than the teabaggers rally was.[...] The Gays are a much better looking and less hateful crowd than the teabaggers were."
Phil Reese has this photo of the crowd "Rev. Troy Perry of MCC reading Archbishop Tutu's statement of solidarity."
And Bil took this pic backstage:
And just as I post this update, Bil puts this photo of him and Cynthia Nixon on his Twitter feed.
Two new pics. This is from Waymon:
I am without words. Pride doesn't even begin to describe it.
And Bil sends this brilliant photo from the Capitol:
Bil says that one-third of the marchers are at the Capitol:
And here's a photo of the crowd, again:
Michael Crawford reports on Twitter that the Daily Show was there. Expect a segment this week comparing the gays to the teabaggers.... Phil Reese is saying it's John Oliver.
Bil got a pic of Waymon and his husband, Anthony.
Jillian Weiss got a short video:
And some people singing:
Phil Reese sent in this video only with the message "We're moving."
Phil Reese sends in a photo of a colorful protester:
The view of #NEM lining up @ 15th & K. That crowd goes for blocks before and behind
Jillian Weiss has some new pics from the march on her Facebook page:
And here's Ramapo College's banner:
Bil tweeted this photo. There's a crowd gathering, and I'm afraid.
Bil Browning, a blogger for Bilerico Project, a Web site aimed at a gay audience, said moments after the speech ended that the site was flooded with critical comments by people who said they had heard nothing new. "I could have watched one of his old campaign speeches and heard the same thing," one wrote.
It would have been nice, though, if the writer has used the term "LGBT" instead of "gay" throughout her article, since HRC is, ostensibly, an LGBT org and this website isn't just aimed at a gay audience. Oh, well, at least our issues are making it to the NY Times.
Bil tweeted this photo of Phil and Jerame all ready to march: