LGBT Supporters Take Over Downtown Streets For Equality Walk

Posted at 3:42 PM, Jun 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-25 19:29:27-04

Like a wall that cannot be torn down, a sea of LGBT supporters made their way through downtown. Thousands walked in support of equality, and there was no shortage of music, cheers, and flags.

However, among the smiles and laughs, there was a shadow of solidarity after the recent events in Orlando. Some held signs of resilience.

PHOTOS: LGBT Supporters Take Over Downtown Streets

"It means that I'm not afraid of anything that bigots can say to me because I'm going to keep being myself and celebrating. I'm not afraid to show up here and be with my friends, be with my people," said Charlie Keoleher. 

Those who weren't walking, watched.

"It's really special. Not only are the gay people here, there are straight people here as well. It just feels like a big family, and it really means a lot to me, to Nashville, to everybody involved," Jackson resident, Darren Lykes said. 

The temps managed to stay in the low 90's, but the humidity made it difficult for everyone Saturday. However, it could not stop people from uniting.

"Because of marriage and because of Orlando, people are just coming together even more," supporter, Malachi Taylor said. 

Among the rainbows, flags, and face paint, police officers were scattered among the crowd, a subtle reminder that beyond the gates the real world awaited.

"Just a little more aware, but I think the police presence is definitely heightened and it makes me feel safe," Taylor said.