Over the weekend, hundreds of people gathered in DC and NYC to protest President Donald Trump’s recent announcement to ban transgender individuals from the military.
In front of the White House last Saturday afternoon, grassroots movement ReSisters led the protest with around 400 to 500 people gathered in solitary with signs and megaphones to have their voices heard and fight back against Trump’s plan to ban transgender people from military service. The organization consists of women and feminist activists and Mary Smith, organizer for ReSisters, said she was disgusted by the tweet and decided to put the protest together to show their support for transgender service members.
“These people fought to secure American’s freedoms and it’s just wrong the country isn’t protecting the rights of its transgender citizens. They fight for us and we’ll fight for them,” Smith said.
The protest was also a fundraiser for Trans Women of Color Collective, a grassroots initiative that works to uplift the narratives, lived experiences and leadership of trans people of color who are living on the margins. ReSisters is planning a march for Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, but in the meantime, check out the photos and video below from both protests:
Read more on the NYC protest here.
All DC photos via Mary Smith from Stop Transgender Military Ban Protest Event Page