Pulse shooting survivor attends DC 'Equality March for Unity & Pride'

The survivor, who lost a boyfriend in the tragedy, came to DC to raise awareness for LGBTQ community issues.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - D.C.'s Equality March for Unity and Pride comes one day before the one year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting that left 49 people dead.

“I was actually shot at Pulse twice in my hip. I wasn't supposed to walk. I'm here in D.C. to spread awareness,” Pulse Nightclub survivor Answai Bennett said. “My boyfriend died at Pulse. We went to the nightclub together that night.”

Ten of thousands of people marched through Northwest D.C. Sunday morning, showing support for the LGBTQ community and expressing concern about the current political landscape. 

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“We are not going to walk backwards and be ashamed and hide in the shadows just because there is oppression coming from the Trump administration,” demonstrator Joshua Baumgardner said.

Demonstrator Chloel Welch said, “I'm very scared and some people may think there is not a reason to be, but those people don't know what it's like to have your rights threatened to be taken away from you or to be afraid to walk somewhere holding your girlfriend's hand or be afraid to walk into a bathroom.”

Showing support and speaking out, celebrities like actress Sara Ramirez and Asia Kate Dillon.

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“The only way we can change this is to knock on doors and register voters to come out to vote in every single election,” demonstrator Ross Rattanasena said.

D.C. hosted the main Equality March. Similar marches are happening around the country in more than 50 cities Sunday.

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