Seven transgender-rights activists hoisted a banner to protest the unjust treatment of transgender people at the Dupont Circle Metro station between 8 and 9 a.m. this morning.
The public display was organized by transgender rights group DC Trans Power.
Activist Jes Grobman said the banner was meant to disrupt commuters’ lives to bring attention to the cause.
“Last week, there were three trans people killed,” said Grobman. “It’s hard to connect those stories to reality. People need to be confronted and faced with the fact that we are dying.”
“We got a lot of support,” they added. “People on the streets walked by thanking us.”
Grobman said today’s protest is the first in a series of impromptu public displays.
“We’re going to keep doing things,” they said. “We keep being killed. We keep being unable to get jobs and afford housing. These are issues that are continuous.”
Image courtesy of DC Trans Power
Six transgender rights protestors were arrested today after shutting down the intersection of 16th and K Streets.
The demonstrators were chanting slogans and carrying signs in English and Spanish to protest the deportation of trans people in the U.S.
— Tim Regan™ (@MrTimRegan) June 30, 2015
The protest was organized by United We Dream, an organization that advocates “for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.”
Police cleared the intersection of K and 16th Streets around 4:26 p.m.