LGBTQ community rallies against Trump

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News


NEW YORK CITY  — Artist Lady Gaga’s Superbowl 51 halftime show may seem politically free, but hidden in her songs of unity and inclusion were edgy lyrics of protest — just in time for the LGBTQ protests nationwide against President Trump’s immigration policies in New York City.

The performance included an implied message of inclusion for immigrants in America.

The Queen of Monsters even managed to sneak in a pro-LGBTQ stand in her song “Born This Way.”

“I believe in a passion for inclusion, I believe in the spirit of equality, and the spirit of the country as one of love and compassion and kindness,” she said.

Seen by more than 100 million people, Lady Gaga’s subtle but subversive political statement at Sunday’s Superbowl game came just a day after thousands of LGBTQ community members and supporters gathered outside the historic Stone Wall Inn in New York City.

They sent a loud message to the White House: “Love, not hate. That’s what makes America great!”

“We are allies united by our otherness, and if we didn’t know it before, thanks to Donald Trump, we know it now,” said actress Cynthia Nixon at the rally. “Yes, we are stronger together.”

Fil-Am LGBTQ leaders showed their solidarity with immigrants and refugees impacted by the President’s executive orders on immigration.

“We may live in uncertain times, but I am 100% certain that Apicha Community Health Center will be here everyday, as we have for the past 27 years,” said Theresa Rodriguez of the Apicha Community Health Center.

“Today I want to make it very clear — welcoming immigrants is a core American value.”

The fear of losing LGBTQ rights protected under President Obama is now a possibility under the Trump administration.

“I have to check Twitter or Facebook every few hours just to see if I have rights or not, and that’s unacceptable,” said Aries Dela Cruz of the Fil-Am Democratic Club of New York City. “Now we have this presidency which is illegitimate. He was not elected with the popular vote, he has no mandate, he’s not governing with the idea of being  a the President for all Americans in mind.

New York City Human Rights Commission chair, Carmelyn Malalis, assured rally-goers that human rights are the law of the land.

“If you are discriminated against, if you are harassed because of who you love, what you believe, what you’re seeing, report it,” said Malalis. “When you see hatred, when you see acts of discrimination or harassment, call us at 718-722-3131.”

Organizers say, another mass protest, dubbed as “a national general strike against the so-called Administration,” will be held at the Washington Square Park on February 17.


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