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Thousands in Minneapolis protest Trumps attacks on transgender rights

By Jess Sundin |
October 28, 2018
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Minneapolis, MN - Just days after a news of new Trump administration attacks against transgender people, transgender community members and allies responded with a massive demonstration of solidarity on October 28. Several thousand people - transgender, intersex and gender-expansive people, and allies - lined three and a half miles of sidewalks along Lake Street, from Minneapolis to Saint Paul.

According to one of the event organizers, Cole Nicholls of SDS-UMN and the MN Transgender Health Coalition, "They say transphobia kills. It’s true. But it kills with hunger, with homelessness, with illness, with violence from bigots and johns and police, with the same weapons used by white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism to kill people all across the world."

She continued, "To those who stand with us today, I ask you to stand with us not only in the struggle for our rights, but for rent control, for public housing, for free healthcare, for community control of police and for unionization. We are fighting not only against discrimination. We are fighting to survive and to thrive. We will not be erased. And when we unite with oppressed people across the world, we cannot be erased."