LGBTQ activists rally for transgender rights, against Trump agenda

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News


NEW YORK CITY — “As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence, oppression of the hateful foreign ideology. So you tell me, who’s better for the gay community, and who’s better for women than Donald Trump, believe me…”

That was then-presidential candidate Donald Trump making a big promise that, if elected president, he will protect the LGBTQ community at the Cleveland convention last July.

On Thursday, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at the iconic Stonewall Inn in New York to protest President Trump’s broken promise to the LGBTQ community.

The president rolled back federal protections for transgender students previously set by President Obama — which allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

“I just saw this child behind me,” said activist Cecilia Gentili, “and I saw myself 40 years ago, and I just couldn’t stop the tears from my eyes.”

“Do not let this child have to go to a bathroom where she’s not gonna feel good… let’s not do this to our country. What they’re doing is a hateful choice,.”

Fil-Am transgender rights activist, model and spokeswoman Geena Rocero was present at the protests for #translivesmatter.

“My name is Geena Rocero, and I stand here as a proud transgender woman of color from the Philippines. I am a proud immigrant.”

Rocero says the real Donald Trump is not a supporter of the LGBTQ community.

“For the longest time, people are telling us that he’s for LGBT rights,” Rocero adds. “But this is a proof that he ignores the value and the humanity of trans youths, especially trans students… how can he do that to our kids?”

Rocero says that resisting is one thing, doing something about it is another.

“I think what we need to do is make sure tomorrow, not next week, that we go to our school board, ask them what is the trans-specific policies that we have in our board of education in our public school and private school,” Rocero said. “How do we support, we make sure that we support the well-being of trans youth.”

Without these Obama enacted federal guidelines – it will be now up to individual states and school districts to interpret the federal anti-discrimination law.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has instructed state schools to protect transgender children.

“Our state law governs and our state law is very clear: we protect transgender students in the educational environment, in schools, etcetera,” said Cuomo in a press conference. “So nothing that the federal government has done will have any effect in the state of New York on transgender students.”

Even Hollywood transgender rights activist and celebrity, Caitlyn Jenner, appealed to President Trump to keep his campaign promise of protecting the LGBT community.

“I have a message for President Trump,” Jenner said in a recorded video. “From, well, one Republican to another, this is a disaster — and you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”

Many LGBTQ members say — all they’re asking for are policies that are inclusive of their community. They say LGBTQ rights are human rights.



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  • Mario
    25 February 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Trump promised “to protect LGBT from violence, oppression of hateful ideology” it means it is written in the Koran, that LGBT should be prosecuted. Remember the Florida Gay bar massacre, by Moslems, that is one of the reason why extreme vetting exec order was written.Under Trump Admin,school board appointed by the Gov’t or Union will be eliminated, PTA will run the schools.The new Secretary is a Billionaire, the Teachers Union could not buy her, more school choice, like, chartered, Magnet, Science, home schools to come.If the LGBT will insist, to make more protest, rally, this issue will be elevated to Supreme Court, LGBT will lose and SC decision will,stay for the next 30 years or more. Remember marriage is between Man and a woman, this is what the conservative Supreme Court believed in, someday same sex marriage will be reversed by the SC.