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Marchers unfurl a huge rainbow flag as they prepare to march in the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marches of solidarity for LGBTQ rights and equality unfold nationwide


Demonstrators banded together in large groups across the country Sunday for the Equality March to stand up for LGBTQ rights.

The march kicked off in Washington, D.C., with more supporters holding events from coast to coast.

According to their website, this year's Equality March is meant to address the current political landscape and how organizers say it contributes to "the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals."

Participants got an early start Sunday, coming from all over to join in the march.

The march's organizers say the event is meant to "affirm and celebrate that we are a mix of diverse communities" and that they are standing up for those who might face discrimination because of "immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, and disability."

There are close to 100 other marches scheduled Sunday around the U.S.

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