DC’s Trans Day of Vengeance rally canceled due to ‘credible life threats’ following Nashville school shooting
A transgender activist group canceled its planned Trans Day of Vengeance rally Saturday in Washington, DC due to a “credible threat to life and safety.”
The Trans Radical Activist Network (TRAN), which organized the rally, announced on Thursday that the threats were prompted by reactions on social media to the name of the previously planned demonstration in front of the US Supreme Court.
The April 1 protest was planned weeks before Audrey Hale – who is transgender – gunned down three 9-year-old students and three adults at a private Nashville high school.
“The safety of our trans community is our top priority. This threat is a direct result of the tide of raw hatred directed at the trans community in the wake of the Tennessee shooting,” the coalition said on social media.
“People unrelated to this heinous act have been subjected to the most serious threats and accused solely of their gender identity. This is one of the steps in genocide and we will continue our efforts to protect the lives of trans people.”
The name of the group’s protest sparked outrage in the wake of the massacre, including from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who claimed the Trans Day of Vengeance represented the “threat of Antifa-fueled transterrorism.”
Twitter removed thousands of tweets promoting the event because “revenge” does not imply peaceful protest.
Groups associated with TRAN also briefly lost access to their accounts until they voluntarily removed the event posters. Our right hand DC said.
Despite the rally’s misleading name, Trans Day of Vengeance is a meme that has been used by the trans community for years and was never intended to encourage further violence, TRAN pointed out.
“This protest is about unity, not incitement to violence. TRAN does not encourage violence and is not welcome at this event,” the group said on its website.
TRAN expects to hold another rally “with a better theme” in the future.
The group had condemned Monday’s shooting, as well as all “malicious far-right actors who are trying to weaponize these tragic deaths to target marginalized communities.”
The White House has expressed similar views that trans people are being “attacked” and falsely blamed for someone’s actions.
CBS executives have banned the word “trans” during their coverage of the killings to protect the community from unfair blame.
https://nypost.com/2023/03/31/trans-day-of-vengeance-rally-in-dc-canceled-over-credible-threat-to-life-after-nashville-school-shooting/ DC’s Trans Day of Vengeance rally canceled due to ‘credible life threats’ following Nashville school shooting