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PHOTOS: New Yorkers say ‘hell no’ to Trump’s plan to erase trans people

PHOTOS: New Yorkers say ‘hell no’ to Trump’s plan to erase trans people

a person holds up a sign at a protest in favor of trans rights

People in the United States have swiftly responded to President Donald Trump’s alleged plan to redefine gender and come up with an action plan to helptrans people.

Trump’s proposed plans would erase trans people and featured in a New York Times news story.

The newspaper got its hands on a leaked memo showing Trump administration plans to redefine gender. That administration is considering redefining gender as a ‘biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth’.

If the changes go ahead it could affect 1.4 million trans people in the US and younger trans people who have yet to transition.

Within hours of the news report, thousands of people protested across the US. The biggest protest happened in New York City, with protesters saying ‘hell no’ to the proposed changes.

Carmen Carrera (center) | Photo: Hunter Abrams

‘This erasure of trans people would be the most drastic move yet by the current administration to roll back the rights of trans and gender nonconforming people, subjecting them to discrimination, harassment, and violence,’ rally organizers said in a statement.

‘As a movement and community we gathered to say no.’

Lambda Legal and activist group Voices4 organized the rally in Washington Square Park.

two men embracing and smiling looking at the camera
Thousands of people protested in New York| Photo: Hunter Abrams

Other groups who co-sponsored the rally included Ackerman Institute Gender & Family Project, Anti-Violence Project, National Center for Transgender Equality, New York Transgender Advocacy Group, Transgender Law Center, National Trans Bar Association, Equality NY, GLAAD, Hetrick-Martin Institute, LeGaL, The LGBT Center and the Stonewall Democrats.

Organizers put the rally together in five hours with organizers saying Trump’s plans directly conflict with dozens of court rulings.

A long list of speakers addressed the rally in New York | Photo: Hunter Abrams

We all have to speak out

Speakers at rally included: Indya Moore of POSE FX, filmmaker Tourmaline, lawyer Chase Strangio, Meredith Talusan, Lucy Diavolo, actor Marquise Vilson, Sara Ramirez, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan of Lambda Legal, model and activist Carmen Carrera, artist and social media star Chella Man, Tyler Ford, intersex advocate Tatenda Ngwaru, Tanya Walker of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group, Lolan Sevilla of the Anti Violence Project and Ellie Desautels of NBC Rise.

‘It is on me and other cisgender people to show up fully to announce that we will not stand for intolerance and hatred,’ said former Grey’s Anatomy actress Sara Ramirez at the rally.

‘Under no circumstance will any of by identities be leveraged to target transgender and non binary people, especially those of color.’

| Photo: Hunter Abrams

Action Items

Rally organizers came up with an action list for all people who want to help protect trans and gender diverse people:

    • Bring Attention to YES ON 3 in Massachusetts
    • Get out to vote in the upcoming midterms
    • Contribute to trans-led organization
    • Contribute to jail bailout funds
    • Cis allies educating other cis folks
    • Pay attention to the Notice and Comment Periods on proposed federal regulations
    • Support trans and nonbinary journalists, and make sure our major newspapers and media outlets are doing the same.
| Photo: Hunter Abrams