Nearly 1,000 women in pink hats and with protest signs and their allies took to the streets of downtown Norfolk today for the second annual Hampton Roads Women’s March.
Protestors gathered at the Half Moon Cruise Terminal in Town Point Park around noon and marched to the Federal Courthouse down Granby St., then retuned to Town Point Park for speeches from activists, politicians, and community organizers.
The LGBTQ community was highly visible during the march. One of the keynote speakers was Loli Dorner-Lees, 17, a transgender woman and junior at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake.
“Although my struggle may differ from most of yours and yours might differ from the person standing next to you, it doesn’t make your struggles as women less validated,” she said.
Nicole Carry, local LGBTQ activist and candidate for Norfolk School Board, spoke to the plight of LGBTQ youth who experience bullying on a regular basis.
“Half to two thirds of our LGBTQ youth experience bullying, and suicie is one of the top causes of death among LGBTQ youth” she said. “And we need to pay attention to that.”
Other speakers included Norfolk City Councilwoman Andria McClellan, VA House of Delegates Representative Cheryl Turpin, Sibel Galindez of Mom’s Demand Action, and Elaine Luria, candidiate for the Second House of Representatives Congressional District seat in 2018.
Today’s march was organized by Hampton Roads Sister March, the Close-Knit Communities Coalition, Indivisible757, Black Lives Matter Hampton Roads, and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.
Photos by Andrew Roberts