The Trump administration is facing its third consecutive weekend of major public protests, this time at New York City’s historic Stonewall Monument, as a massive LGBTQ Solidarity Rally is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
The gathering, organized by out City Council member Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea/Greenwich Village), is in response to the President’s “un-American” policies and “hostile actions” toward the LGBTQ community, including his recent nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. “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,” Johnson wrote on Facebook, emphasizing that over 20,000 people had “expressed interest” in the demonstrations.
The protest comes as widespread rumors circulate about Trump’s next Executive Order, which would, according to numerous sources familiar with its draft, be aimed squarely at the LGBTQ community. This order creates “across the board exemptions” for anyone who claims religious or moral objections to gay marriage, transgender identity, and contraception.
Under its provisions, people and corporations would be free to discriminate against LGBTs “when providing social services, education, or healthcare; earning a living, seeking a job, or employing others; receiving government grants or contracts; or otherwise participating in the marketplace, the public square, or interfacing with Federal, State or local governments,” the four-page document says.
Numerous LGBTQ organizations are supporting the rally, which takes place from 2 to 4 PM in front of the Stonewall Inn, now a National Park and Monument, having been so designated by President Barack Obama in June, 2016. Among these groups are Lambda Legal, NYC Pride, National LGBTQ Task Force, Rivers of Living Waters Church, Gays Against Guns, Coming Out Muslim and the Audre Lorde Project.
Chris Frederick, NYC Pride Managing Director, said, “NYC Pride stands in resistance with every person impacted by President Trump’s executive orders. It is our hope that Saturday’s rally, coupled with the assemblies of national and international protests in the last 13 days, will send a clear message that when any marginalized community faces direct attack from their government, the world unites in solidarity.”
Among the political figures expected to attend are Governor Andrew Cuomo, current City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and out Council Member Danny Dromm. “As a New Yorker I am a Muslim,” Cuomo declared. “As a New Yorker, I am Jewish. As a New Yorker, I am black, gay, disabled, a woman seeking to control her health and choices. Because as a New Yorker, we are one community – the New York community comprised of all of the above.”
The rally can be reached by taking New York City Transit’s 1 train to Christopher Street.