Photographs by Deb Crerie

Portrait of Equality Marches



April 25, 1993, The March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.  After the Bush Administration, and two months into the Clinton Presidency, the demands and concerns were to lift the ban on LGBT service in the military, oppose Colorado’s Amendment 2 and increased funding for AIDS research and treatment leading to a cure. Organizers and the D.C. Police estimated that 800,00 to 1 Million Marchers participated in this March to the U.S. Capitol. 

October 11, 2009, The National Equality March was organized to call for the equal rights for LGBT People in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The March coincided with National Coming Out Day. The inauguration of President Barack Obama created a hopeful atmosphere in the LGBT community and offered the promise of full human and civil rights for all.

June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the 14th Amendment requires all U.S. state laws to recognize same-sex marriages. I was with my wife at The Stonewall Inn, considered the site of the watershed event that transformed the gay liberation movement and the continuing fight for Equal LBGTQ rights. We gathered at The Stonewall Into celebrate and mark the historic Supreme Court ruling. It was time to dress up and take to the street to celebrate!

January 21, 2017, The Women’s March, a day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president, was a world wide protest of misogynistic policy positions and rhetoric that threatened the rights of women. The goal was to send a bold message to the new administration. Advocacy for immigration reform, health care reform, disability justice, reproductive rights, racial equality, LGBTQ rights, freedom of religion and the continuing  position that “women’s rights are human rights” were the foundation that called record numbers of marchers in Washington, D.C. and around the world on that day. 

Many marchers carried hand lettered and thoughtful posters, along with wearing the famous pink “pussy” hats. The march was a peaceful, earnest family event. The kindness and caring by everyone assembled in Washington, D.C. gave us all hope.

June 10, 2023, CR Pride held the second annual Pride Parade; “Love With Pride” along 3rd Ave SE. in the New Bohemia District. The friendly community crowd cheered on marchers at the second annual Pride Parade assembled in support for Equal LBGTQ+ rights.

The photographs in this exhibit are a fraction of the archive of photographs I took at March Events 1993 – 2023. If I am in the photograph, I instructed a friend or a March participant to take the image. The photographs before 2000, are taken with an SLR film camera, generally a Canon and photographs taken after 2000, use a digital camera, a Sony, a Canon or an iPhone. 

All photographs were taken at a public event and subject to laws protecting free speech and rights in public.

It is legal to photograph or videotape anything and anyone on any public property, within reasonable community standards.
Photographing or videotaping a tourist attraction, whether publicly or privately owned, is generally considered legal, unless explicitly prohibited by a specific law or statute.