Protest for the LGBT- Stand united as One
by AmandaMcc on February 12, 2017 - 7:54pm
On February fourth, news reporter Joanna Walkers from The Guardian published the article “LGBT protest at Stonewall Inn takes on edge amid possible blow to gay rights” talking about the rally of over 20,000 protestors objecting against the policies put in place by Donald Trump. The goal of this rally that was stationed outside the Stonewall Inn was to be a unity rally for the LGBT community to stand alongside immigrants and refugees outraged by the Trump’s order that bans refugees and tourists from certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. However, the protest is expected to get a “new edge” and include several thousand additional participants after a draft was leaked to the public about an order that reveals to the public a widespread “federal authorization of discrimination against gays in the name of religious freedom.” Twenty-six year old Kimbrough told the Guardian that “We are going to go there and fight about this, I’ve been trying to block out what Trump’s been doing because it’s so depressing, but they are trying to legalize discrimination and that really makes me sad and angry.” Kimbrough originally spoke to The Guardian on the celebration that took place when President Barack Obama declared Stonewall Inn a National Monument to mark it as the place where in 1969, riots took place over officer’s raids on the LGBT community and the community gathered there and turned it into a movement.
The rally was organized by a union of pro-immigration, refugee support and pro-gay groups. There has been talk that there would be several smaller movements tentatively taking place in places such as Los Angeles, Chicago, however New York’s is the leading event. One of the key organizers of this event in New York City council member Corey Johnson. Johnson was stunned by the wording of the draft. Johnson says, “He may not have come out yet and said he wants to persecute gay people but Trump has appointed senior people and cabinet members who are anti-gay and his [involvement ]with the religious right is the [same as] making a pact with the professional anti-gay forces.” If the order was signed, the aftermath would be disastrous, according to Johnson. The order seeks to produce immunities for people and organizations who are claiming religious or moral protests to same-sex marriage, abortion, and transgender identity while also aiming to limit woman’s access to “contraception and abortion through the Affordable Care Act,” according to a version leaked to the Nation.
An director of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Floyd Rumohr, told Walkers that he expected thousands of people from the center to show up to the protest at Stonewall. Rumohr also added, “[that people] have to be [more] specific about the greater goal of getting progressives elected in 2018 and [that people] need to be careful not to use up our limited resources in too many [drawn-out] directions – the administration is aiming to distract us so we get lost in the chaos and exhaust ourselves.” The day before the order was leaked, the White house declared that the order that protected state employees from anti-LGBT discrimination that was first signed by Barack Obama in 2014 would continue in place. On Thursday, Trump promised to overturn the law that “restricted political speech by tax-exempt churches”, which delighted “evangelicals and the religious right.”
A national Republican organization that represents gay conservatives, Gregory Angelo, actually praised Trump for continuing Obama’s anti-discrimination laws and made fun of the protest at Stonewall as a “knee-jerking” reaction from a draft that was even not signed yet. Angelo says, “…Trump is the first Republican president to [positively] mention the LGBT community. He’s attended a same-sex wedding, welcomed gay members to his Mar-a-Lago club when many minority groups were being denied admission to other prestigious private membership clubs in Florida, it’s historic for a GOP president,” but Angelo later said that if the order is signed by Trump, the LGBT community will speak against it.
Now, I am a Caucasian girl and while I myself am not a member of the LGBT community, my older sister and some of my friends are. To even hear that this order will let people get away with discriminating against the LGBT community for what I view as rather ridiculous reasons makes me angry and upset. I've seen people insult my sister because she would kiss her girlfriend in public. Also one of my friends thought that we would hate her because she was lesbian. Things like this should not even matter. People should just accept people for who they are and be happy for them. I encourage people to set aside their discrimination and any problems that they have with the LGBT community and just be happy for those people and accept them. The world would be a better place if people could just accept each other for who they are.