BY Christopher Lisotta
October 12 2009 2:50 PM ET
The Washington Post’s Nelson Hernandez filed a late-afternoon story on the paper’s website, where he reported on the diversity of the crowd. “Marchers spanned the spectrum,” Hernandez wrote, “a quiet teacher from Pennsylvania afraid to give her name because she feared retaliation at work, preppily dressed men, skimpily dressed "radical fairies," and leather-clad members of the D.C. Bear Club.”
Hernandez also interviewed one marcher who was attending with his family, plus reported on comments made by longtime Democratic activist David Mixner, who said, "They told me that you didn't care and you wouldn't come." Hernandez linked Mixner’s comments to the widely reported statements made by out Democratic congressman Barney Frank, who earlier in the week called the march “useless.”
The BBC featured raw video from the march on its website that included protesters carrying signs that said “Democrats: use it or lose it” and, in a play off the classic antiwar poster, “Hate is not healthy for children and other living things.” One unnamed marcher interviewed by the BBC suggested Obama could halt the mandatory firings of out gay service members “until Congress figures it out.”
In its hourly news summary, National Public Radio ran a piece by reporter Laura Sullivan that featured an interview with an elderly gay couple who were attending the rally among a sea of much younger faces. “The young people are energized and I think they are going to take the ball and run,” one of the men said.
The New York Times carried the ball further on the subject of a generational shift, but took a more pointed approach in describing the divide. Times reporter Jeffrey W. Peters wrote that the march was “primarily the undertaking of a new generation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocates who have grown disillusioned with the movement’s leadership.”