One week after 49 people were gunned down at an Orlando LGBTQ nightclub, thousands turned out in downtown Portland for the city’s annual LGBT Pride festival and parade.
The vast majority of people wore buttons or held signs showing support for the victims in Orlando.
“We’re here to say love is love,” said filmmaker and photographer Alicia J. Rose. “We’re here to say f—- fear.”
Groups representing a wide array of Portland based businesses, including Adidas, Morel Ink, Nike, and Intel marched in the parade. They were joined by many non-profit advocacy organizations, individual celebrants and religious supporters of LGBTQ equality.
“It’s cool to see so many people here,” said First Christian Church of Portland pastor Amy Piatt.
“They’ve got to be somewhere around here!” Piatt said before disappearing into a sea of people in search of her church’s group.
Yet, with all the people came security concerns. There was a large police presence, with many officers wearing rainbow necklaces and jewelry.
The large police presence was just one of the security measures employed, according to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.
“Portlanders are safe because we are accepting, and we are tolerant,” Hales said, dressed in a purple suit with a rainbow sash. “We practice love, not hate. And that’s what today’s about.”