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Transgender rights activists unfurl giant banner during World Series: ‘Trans people deserve to live’

Activists attending Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night in Los Angeles briefly unfurled a huge banner that read “Trans People Deserve to Live.”

The banner came from the TransLatin@ Coalition, whose self-described mission is “to advocate for the specific needs of the Trans Latin@ community that reside in the U.S.A. and to plan strategies that improve our quality of life.” Video of the unfurling was posted on the group’s Facebook page and captured on Twitter, although it was never shown during the Fox Sports broadcast.

The protest came less than a week after President Trump said his administration is considering changing the way it treats transgender people under the law. The Health and Human Services Department has been pushing for such a change, which would seek to negate claims that gender identity could be used for protection under federal civil rights laws such as Title IX, which bans sex discrimination. A change could lead the federal government to consider a transgender person’s sex determined at birth; some 1.4 million American adults define their gender as different from their biological sex at birth. There has been pushback against such a change from some in the administration, The Post reported.

“I hope that this action will motivate members of the trans community, our allies and our comrades to really activate and to really understand that we have power,” Bamby Salcedo, the president of TransLatin@ told Into. “We can demonstrate our power anywhere and everywhere.”

Trans People Deserve To Live!

Posted by TransLatina Coalition on Sunday, October 28, 2018

Salcedo, TransLatin@ Coalition Board Chair Maria Roman and other activists sneaked the blue and white, 20- by 15-foot banner into the upper deck of Dodger Stadium, and Salcedo said the group went to the game expressly to display the banner. They were escorted out afterward.

“I felt my heart was dropping along with it,” Salcedo said. “I was kind of exploding because of the adrenaline. You don’t know what’s going to happen with the police and security and all of that.”

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