Voices of Pride in the face of violence

Angelenos swallowed their fears and joined the L.A. Pride parade on Sunday, calling the celebration a refutation to the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida and a show of solidarity.

"As Americans, we will not shrink away, we will not be stuck in our homes, we will not go back in our closets. We are out here to march, to celebrate and to mourn,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. Here's what several participants told us about why they attended:

Sister Unity

Los Angeles

Rudy and Lucia Perez


Tess Bodley and Corrine Tom

West Hollywood and Oak Park

Dwayne Johnson and Darius Kelly

Phoenix, Ariz. and Tempe, Ariz.

Chris O'Connor

Los Angeles

Benjamin and Jesus Melendez-Gutierrez

Long Beach

Blaine Francis Veirne

Long Beach

Maria Mendoza and Tatiana Pastorino

Tucson, Ariz.

Juliet Alexander

Los Angeles

Dan Rann

West Hollywood