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Must-See: Hundreds of NYC Students Rallied Thursday at Stonewall in Support of Transgender Classmates

By Mitchell Trinka | February 24, 2017

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As the sun set Thursday night on Manhattan, impassioned students, parents, and LGBTQ advocates took to the streets around the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village demanding equal protection for transgender youth in schools across America.
The rally, held at the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots that helped coalesce the modern LGBTQ rights movement, drew hundreds of demonstrators who spoke out against the Trump administration’s revocation of protections for transgender students.
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Signs large and small expressed shock and anger at the decision to cancel an Obama-era requirement that schools let transgender students use bathrooms that match their gender identity. Protesters stressed the importance of teaching America’s youth lessons of tolerance and equal rights for all citizens, rather than bigotry.


As the demonstration began to disperse in Lower Manhattan, attendees formed an informal march that ended in Times Square. Here’s a sampling of the scene as seen on social media:

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