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January 31, 2017

Philly LGBT organization to march on City Hall to protest Trump policies

The Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club will march in protest on Thursday night.

The rally will gather outside the studios of Fox29 at 4th and Market streets in Old City at 6 p.m. and march to City Hall, according to a Facebook post about the event. The club said it will protest the new administration’s "racist, xenophobic, homophobic and malicious policies" and "call on all federal, state, and local elected officials and government agencies to stand up for human rights." 

The advocacy organization's works to builds political power for Philadelphia-area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community through involvement within the Democratic Party.

In its post, the group said:

We are taking to the streets to march in opposition to Trump's dark and twisted view of America exemplified by his the latest series of discriminatory policies and statements coming from his administration.

In just a little over a week in office, he issued executive orders going after “sanctuary cities” and initiating reckless plans to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Then he signed a reprehensible executive order denying Muslim immigrants and refugees from certain Middle Eastern countries from entering into the United States. Then he released a controversial statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that omitted any mention of antisemitism or the 6 million Jews who were killed by the Nazis. Reports now say Trump is expected to sign an ugly executive order disguised as “religious freedom” that will allow federal employees and the federal government to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

Philadelphians uniquely understand the importance of our bedrock values and the barriers that still exist in fully achieving them – we can't go backwards. We'll stand together in solidarity, because love is love and hatred won't stand in our city.

Among the sponsoring organizations are the Pennsylvania chapter of Black Lives Matter, Philly for Change, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and Garden State Equality.