Vice President Kamala Harris marched in D.C.’s annual Capital Pride event Saturday, becoming the first sitting vice president to participate in a Pride event.
Harris marched for about one block and was joined by her husband, Doug Emhoff. Their pink and white and navy and white outfits, which said “Love is Love,” and “Love first,” respectively, together resembled the transgender flag.
The transgender flag featured prominently at the event, with the number of transgender pride flags flown by marchers perhaps outpacing the number of rainbow flags.
During her brief remarks to reporters, Harris drew attention to trangender issues, especially “trans” youth.
“We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected,” she said.
Many young people who identify as transgender marched in the parade. Other young people came to the event wearing gender-neutral clothing and carrying the non-binary flag, while other young people wore “furry” costumes, like cat ears and long tails.
The event was noticeably smaller than other years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The line of marchers stretched for about five city blocks.
The usual parade was canceled and replaced by a “Pridemobile Parade,” which featured a limited number of vehicles, but no pedestrians were allowed in the parade.
Organizers said the smaller event showed that LGBTQ people are “getting back to our roots,” to a time before corporatism became a major part of Pride events. They added that the event had been put together in “five days.”
“Who would have predicted about a month ago,” one organizer said, “that we would have been here today for a Pride march in D.C.?”
The march’s rallying cry was “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.” The march traveled from Dupont Circle to Freedom Plaza, where Muriel Bowser, the mayor of D.C., spoke.
As is typical with Pride events, some marchers wore revealing clothing. One man wore a thong and carried around a crucifix and sign that said “Mary Magdalene.”
During the Pride march, Harris shouted, “Happy Pride!” to her fellow marchers and called for the passage of the Equality Act.
This is not the first time Harris has attended a Pride event. In 2019, she attended San Francisco Pride while wearing a bedazzled rainbow jacket.