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Women in Las Vegas march for women's rights

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jan 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-20 13:52:41-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Hundreds of women gathered in downtown Las Vegas to march for women's rights.

Women of all ages came together to support one another, to share their story, and address issues they face every day.

"Just recognizing that all women are women. It doesn't matter who they are or how they identify," said Allie Goard. She helped organize the Women’s March in the valley.

The march started on 9th Street and finished at the Lloyd D. George Federal District Courthouse.

Many held signs and chanted, " Jesus loves equal rights, Jesus loves equal rights!"

They all marched for different reasons.

"Women of color, I feel like they have it 10 times stronger," said Keion Cherry. She identified herself as a transgender woman and decided to march in honor of the LGBTQ community.

"Health care is a huge, huge issue," said Kenia Leon.

"We really need to decriminalize prostitution," said Caity Gwin.

One thing they all agree on, they feel unheard.

"We need to be united in solidarity regardless of the divisions that happen that try to break us apart," said Leon.

"We're queer, we're everything and we're going to make sure we're going to get out rights," said Cherry.

More than 300 women and men showed up. Kenia Leon told 13 Action News the battle against women got harder after the Trump Administration took office.

"We can't use faith or morality to try and legislate bodies or population's and unfortunately that's happening a lot lately."

Counter-protesters were also downtown to protest their rights.

"I really don't see we have equal rights so gaining of women shouldn't come at the expense of men."

Whether your battle might be healthcare or identity, the Human Right's Campaign in Las Vegas said there's all kinds of resources to help women move forward.

Two of them are the Women's Resource Center and The Center which serves the LGBTQ community.

"If we can't support our women, we can't support our society," said Leon.