Transgender supporters rally against anti-transgender bus outside Philly’s City Hall

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An orange bus bearing anti-transgender messages on it —  “Boys are boys… and always will be” and “Girls are girls… and always will be” — was met about noon outside Philadelphia’s City Hall on Saturday by supporters of the transgender community with a “Pop-Up Love Party.”

But the reception was less than love. At least two smoke bombs were set off and some of the 100 gathered protesters managed to briefly stop the bus. At least one person, dressed in black, was handcuffed by police.

“You can’t change sex. Respect all,” is also lettered on the side of the bus.

The members and supporters of the transgender community had planned to “peacefully counteract the anti-trans ‘FreeSpeechBusTour’ scheduled stop in Philly,” according to an event page on Facebook. The bus has been driven to various cities on the East Coast.

Friday was International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Amber Hikes, director of the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs, said in a statement Friday: “The Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs and the LGBT Affairs Commission honor and support our trans siblings on today, the International Transgender Day of Visibility. We also appreciate and thank Philadelphia City Council on passing a resolution yesterday in recognition.

“Transgender individuals are an essential part of our city’s rich history, extraordinary present, and dynamic future,” she said in the statement. “We must hold our trans siblings closer while fighting alongside them for equality and justice.” 

 A pink, white and blue transgender flag was hoisted outside City Hall, to remain up through the weekend.

The bus tour began in New York on March 22, reported.

Anti-transgender activists on the bus have been evangelizing that transgender people don’t exist, the article said. They are trying to push back against protections and rights for LGBT people.

The article said the National Organization for Marriage is one of the three conservative groups behind the project and that the groups hope the bus tour will inspire others to speak out against transgender rights.

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