March / Rally

Date & Time: Sunday, June 11, 2017. The march begins at 11 a.m. Rally begins at 1 p.m.

Location: The march will begin at San José City Hall. We will march to Plaza de César Chávez Park where a rally will be held.

Registration is important to the movement to ensure proper allocation of resources and to gauge local support for the cause. This is a free event to participate or attend.
[Keep scrolling down below the registration form for more information and speaker list.]

Tickets are NOT needed but we ask that you register in advance if you/your group is marching. We will use these statistics to report to the national movement and show elected officials that we are not in the minority.

March Tips

  • Bring plenty of water and sunscreen
  • Bring friends, coworkers, and family for support
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Keep all weapons or anything that can be used or construed as a weapon at home.

Safety & Etiquette

  • Please do not bring large bags. If you must bring a larger bag, please ensure it is transparent. Note all bags are subject to search. Members of the press/media that have been approved by the Communications Committee may carry larger equipment/bags but must have visible credentials on them at all times.
  • Please do not carry any weapons or anything that can be construed as a weapon.
    • Individuals needing mobility assistance may use a cane or walker.

  • If you see anything suspicious or if in danger please contact the nearest peace officer or Equality March San José staff/volunteer member.

Speakers and Presenters at 1 p.m. Unity + Pride Rally

Committee Member Candelario Franco – Welcome/Introduction

Santa Clara County Supervisors Ken Yeager/David Cortese
Message of County Support, Welcome, and Commendation Presentation

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, and Councilmembers Peralez, Davis, and Nguyen.
Mayor Liccardo and Vice Mayor Carrasco to address LGBTQ+
San Jose City Welcome & City Proclamation Presentation

Committee Member Benny Ohara

Danielle Castro, UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health & co-founder of Trans Advocates for Justice and Accountability – Transphobia/Trans Rights

U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Congressional District 18 & U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congressional District 19 – Address LGBTQ+ Community & Give a Congressional Statement of Support at Federal Level
Committee member Crystal Haney

Rodrigo Garcia, Co-Founder Colectivo ALA – Immigration Rights, Equality vs. Equity, “No Ban Wall”

LGBTQ+ Advocate Alex U. Inn – Racial Justice

California State Senate President Pro-tempore Kevin DeLeon, CA Senator Bob Wieckowski, and CA Senator Jim Beall
California Support for LGBTQ+ rights and Commendation Presentation

California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra and CA Assempblymember Mark Bergman -Give a State Assembly Statement of Support for LGBTQ+ Community

Cassie Blume, Director, LGBTQ Youth Space – LGBTQ Youth

Youth Speakers Ashton Pierce and Alex Spiellman

Maribel Martinez, Director of Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs – LGBTQ+ Homeless/Human Dignity

Nereida, STAND – Reproductive Justice and the LGBTQ+ Community

Yosimar Reyes – Lived LGBT+ Experience through expressive ART.

Gary Johnson, Professor of Nursing – HIV/AIDS and other health disparities as they affect and impact LGBTQ+ community

Rabbi Mychal, Inam Tara, Buddhist Monk Chow – LGBTQ+ and the Interfaith Community. “Religious Freedom” laws that allow others to openly discriminate have no bases in faith.

Reverend John Rodgers -Violence/Hate Crimes as they affect and impact the LGBTQ+ community

Closing – Committee Members, Supporters, and Call to Action


We are seeking many volunteers for the day of the event to help with a variety of tasks. Choose one of the positions below, and click Sign Me Up to schedule your preferred shift. Shifts are three hours and you may sign-up for more than one. In spirit of safety, we highly encourage volunteers to be at least sixteen (16) years of age.

Two training sessions have been scheduled for Sunday, June 4 and Thursday, June 8. You will receive additional information upon sign up.

Communications Assistant

Help with social media and website content, photos, video and other communication support tasks.

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Event Assistant

Help provide customer service and aids attendees with directions, information, donations, and merchandise sales.

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March Ambassador

Help create a positive environment for participants, similar to a cheerleader, and assist attendees as needed.

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Operations Assistant

Help with event tasks, such as set-up and tear-down of decor and equipment. Aids in producing a successful event.

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Rally Ambassador

Help create a positive environment and assists attendees with questions. Monitors crowd and reports concerns.

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Safety Ambassador

Help patrol event for safety concerns, deescalate agitated persons, monitor crowd, and assist attendees.

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EMT Certified Safety Ambassador

Help creates a safe environment and assists attendees with basic life support and injuries. Monitor crowd and report concerns.

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Help event personnel by answering and responding to phone/radio traffic, collect and disseminate information, and aid staff needed.

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Equality March San José is a grassroots initiative fueled by donations by residents, nonprofits, social businesses, and local small businesses. This is not a sponsored event. If you can help the movement, we are seeking to raise $18,000 to secure permits and to cover logistics, communications and similar expenses. All reserve funds will be donated back to local LGBTQ charities/nonprofits.

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A complete budget review is available upon request. Costs are subject to change.

Share your Voice

We want to hear everyone’s voice, not just a small majority’s. This is why we are seeking open letters and artistic pieces (drawings, dance routines, songs, poems, etc.) that speak to why this movement is so important. Politicians always say they are the voice of the people, but we are making this literal this year when they will read your open letters and introduce your performance or artistic piece.

Whether or not selected to be performed at the rally, your entries will appear on the website to show our voice will not be silenced.


Spread the word! Use one of our graphics or suggested social media messages to help get the word out.


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Printable Flyer/Poster

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Enjoy a leisurely weekend getaway near delicious restaurants and entertainment in downtown San José, while supporting the movement. AC Hotel San Jose Downtown has partnered with Equality March San José to offer supporters an exclusive discounted room rate of $129.00. Click here to make your reservation by May 29, 2017.


Equality March San José is more than a place to share our voice, it is an opportunity for your organization, business, advocate or justice group, health or social service program, social or service clubs,faith-based organization, employee resource group (ERG), education or recruitment program, sports team, etc. to engage with the LGBTQ+ community by reserving a Community Engagement Booth.

Food Trucks that serve delicious food and beverages are also encouraged to register. Food trucks must have a current inspection sticker and ability to serve is  Santa Clara County. Space is limited.

Please complete the below Exhibitor Registration before 5:00pm on Thursday, June 8, 2017.