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

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An orange bus being driven through East Coast cities with an anti-transgender message on it that says “Boys are boys” and “Girls are girls” is expected to be met outside Philadelphia’s City Hall on Saturday by supporters of the transgender community with a “Pop-Up Love Party.”


About 70 members and supporters of the transgender community gathered outside City Hall about 11 a.m. to “peacefully counteract the anti-trans ‘FreeSpeechBusTour’ scheduled stop in Philly,” according to an event page on Facebook.

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.” 

Hikes said she was uncertain when the bus would arrive in Center City.





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