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Anti-Trump protest at Stonewall Inn expected to draw huge crowd

Anti-Trump protest
Anti-Trump protest in New York City, Nov. 12, 2016. Photo by wasikphoto.com (CC 2.0)

The Stonewall Inn is considered to be the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement and as equality is once again under attack it is only fitting that it should once again be home to what looks to be a massive protest.

An LGBT Solidarity rally on Saturday from 2-4 P.M. has been organized by New York Councilman Corey Johnson, with the express purpose of protesting the policies of the Trump administration.

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“Join us in front of the Stonewall Inn as we stand in solidarity with every immigrant, asylum seeker, refugee and every person impacted by Donald Trump’s illegal, immoral, unconstitutional and un-American executive orders. We will also speak out against Trump’s selection of the most anti-LGBT nominees and appointees in modern history,” the event’s Facebook page reads.

Stonewall Inn, Pride weekend in 2016, the day after President Obama announced the Stonewall National Monument, and less than two weeks after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. (Photo by Rhododendrites on Wikimedia Commons, CC 4.0)

There have also been concerns of a possible executive order coming from the Trump administration on “religious freedom,” which would offer up a license to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and others so long as a religious belief could be cited as the motivation for that discrimination.

While the White House has attempted to quiet those fears, and while there are reports that Ivanka Trump and her husband, and adviser to the president, Jared Kushner might have helped kill the anti-LGBTQ order, LGBTQ rights groups remain on alert. President Trump spoke repeatedly of the importance for “religious freedom” during his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

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The event page lists co-sponsors that include GLAAD, the Ali Forney Center, Gays Against Guns, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, Coming Out Muslim, Equality New York, Harlem Pride, PFLAG NYC, The New York Immigration Coalition, The Trevor Project and many others.

A number of elected officials are also listed, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Michael Moore and a host of other celebrities led a rally against President Trump the night before his inauguration in front of Trump Tower in New York City, which was one of the bigger anti-Trump rallies, behind the Women’s March on Washington.

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There is also a National Pride March planned for June 11 in Washington, D.C., which has drawn inspiration from the Women’s March.

Watch the rally at Stonewall below.

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28 Comments

  • jkthsnk

    The Stonewall riot is most definitely not the beginning of the queer rights movement. I’m not being nitpicky. You literally erase decades of women and men, both cis and trans, and their work when you state otherwise. Call it a galvanizing series of events, which include the resistance in L.A. not much earlier.

    • Jeff Taylor

      “Considered to be the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement,” particularly stated post Stonewall being named the first LGBTQ national monument, is a different statement from “the beginning of the queer rights movement.” You are right to point out that there were earlier actions. I wrote about some of those not too long ago for another publication, for those interested in more on that: https://goqnotes.com/47805/before-stonewall/

  • GayEGO

    Protests do help expose the corruption of some governmental employees. Although Stonewall may not be the beginning of LGBT rights movements, it is certainly an icon to remember.

  • dwes09

    Stonewall marked a change from the pre-existing movement for homosexual/gay rights that can be traced back to Germany in the late 19th century and was centered in the US in the 1950’s on genteel organizations like the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis. With Stonewall the movement adopted the confrontational and in your face tactics of the other 1960’s protest movements, and achieved greater results as more people began to come out. At university the existing “Student Homophile League” quickly changed their name to the Gay Student Union, and “discrete” meetings became open dances for gay and lesbian students on campus. Nobody called themselves queer, nobody considered trans people as politically allied unless they specifically were gay or lesbian. The population at large already thought gay men wanted to be women and lesbians wanted to be men, there was no desire to encourage that notion.

    • ErikO

      It’s long overdue for you to join everyone else in 2017. So you’re a bigot that does not like Trans people, that just makes you a hypocrite.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      I didn’t read the comment as bigoted, just knowledgeable about our history, whatansassyouareErico.

  • He BGB

    By November 12 there will already be a federal religious freedom bill in place. The Women’s March was the day AFTER the inauguration. Alot can happen in 10 months, folks, especially with Steve Bannon being the new president and Mike Pence just waiting his turn.

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    Only make sure it’s not coopted by the violent horse shoe lefty goons who don’t have your interest at heart in their batshit class war

    • dwes09

      And you BELIEVE that the right has your interests at heart? Hard to believe that a gay man can be that stupid. Good luck with the next 4 years, hope you like the taste of Bannon and Trumps holes!! I know Milos does.

    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      &dwes09 I’m not on the Right. but nice try you shortsighted useful idiot. I Look up horse shoe left — these people are not are friends; they indistinguishable from their REAL facist counterparts and just as anti-democratic authoritarian wanting to bring down “the system” by any means necessary and gloming on to any progressive movement to do so. Entryists. They are cancer.

    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      @ PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID :Ugh! So o many typos. I wish we could edit posts

  • Arconcyyon

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  • Arconcyyon

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  • jason_evans

    Illinois had homosexual law reform 8 years before the 1969 Stonewall Revolt in New York. It wasn’t until 1980 that New York got reform.

    Only alternative-reality gays believe that Stonewall and New York were at the vanguard. They weren’t.

    • dwes09

      Illinois did decriminalize homosexuality in 1962, but they also forbade marriage equality in 1968 and kept it illegal until 2014. Progressive (a word you probably hate Brian) in some ways, but not in others.

    • MediaGuy

      Jason_evans. I think you were trying to make an “alternative facts” joke, but you missed it saying “alternative reality” instead. But, that’s okay, I got it. You need snark training or watch Mean Girls about a dozen times. You’re not going to survive here unless you get competently nasty.

  • jason_evans

    Looking at the crowd, it looks like your usual collection of Left Wing feminists. They have hijacked the cause of male homosexual desire.

    Go away, girls. You’re not wanted.

    • dwes09

      LOOKIE LOOKIE!!! It is the new screen name for the misogynist/homophobe Brian!! You are the one who is not wanted, given your extreme neuroses.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      Brian is damaged. Perhaps his parents did a number on him. NOM-NOM-NOM. If the turd-blossom keeps touting “desire” over identity, NOM sets up future legal oppression.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    jason_evens Oh my, Brian! Are you NOM-NOM-NOMing with a new sign on?

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Every morning my first word is, “Ow!” (Bursitis, right shoulder). My second word is, “Oh…” because Trump is in office. My bursitis will take its leave in a month or so, but, “Oh…” this insane man will still be at the helm. Insiders say that there is infighting going on. One guy said, “It’s like “Lord of the Flies” with different factions vying for power. Trump creates a toxic environment for his crew. It’s his style of leadership. “ew.”

  • jason_evans

    Buzz off, girls. We don’t want you in our movement. You have a habit of hijacking the cause of male homosexual desire for the purpose of obtaining privileges for women. Well, frankly, we don’t want you here. You are not welcome – so vamoose.

    Women were never targeted by police for homosexual activity. It was always the men. That alone speaks volumes for why the homosexual rights movement got off the ground.

    So, move along, girls. This movement is not for you.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      The only movement I see is the huge turd of a comment Brian (jason_evans) just laid on this comment thread.

  • Kangol

    It was a huge, inspiring crowd! Protesters have kept up the pressure since Inauguration Day, and aren’t backing down. Look at how the GOP and some Democratic Congresscritters are having to flee their own town halls, and won’t pick up the phone to address the overwhelming disgust with the Trump administration’s incompetence and malpractice, and the GOP’s complete failure to do its job of serving as a Constitutional check on Trump’s attempted power grabs. The Brians/jason_evans of the world will sit at their keyboards and praise the GOP/conservatives, but it’s the rest of us out there who make their gay lives, miserable and self-loathing as they are, as free and equal under the law!

    • ErikO

      Protesting does not do or accomplish anything. I’ve protested many things before both political and non-political-including LGBT issues, and it really does not accomplish anything.

    • MediaGuy

      OMG, I was just going to say that. Protesting only creates solidarity within the movement, but it accomplishes NOTHING. Waste of time.

  • kewlsocr

    I think protests are great. it shows some in America actually give a damn enough to get their fat ass off the couch and do something important. The problem with so many of these protests is you are protesting within your liberal bubble, so mostly only other liberals you agree with are impacted. Until you go to the red states and protest in front of people who voted for Trump, you are going to be ignored. Republicans have all the power, so you have to make them uncomfortable in their homes, not in your home.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      hmm. true. frequent flyer miles…

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