PHOTOS: Philly Got a Head Start on Trump Protests With “Queer Rager”

More than 1,000 people surrounded the Loews Hotel at 12th and Market streets, where Trump will arrive for the GOP retreat today.

Queer Rager

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We hear you, Philly.

More than 1,000 people came out for the “Queer Rager” dance party outside the Loews Philadelphia Hotel last night to protest President Donald Trump and the GOP retreat, which will occupy the hotel until Friday. 

The protest brought a steady throng of dancers and demonstrators who voiced their concerns about a wide range of issues surrounding Trump and GOP policy on the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ issues, law enforcement, immigration, climate change and more.

Philly is in the national spotlight right now – and protestors are showing up. The demonstrations will continue into today and likely grow in size, as Trump is expected to arrive at the hotel early in the day. Protests include a lunch-hour “die-in” as well as a march and rally held by Pennsylvania’s largest healthcare workers union and other demonstrations with various agendas. One protest approved by the city is expected to bring at least 3,000 demonstrators.

Last night, we got a taste of what a true Philly protest looks like. As we head into day two of the retreat, here are some highlights from the “Queer Rager,” including a Facebook Live post from Brandon Szeker, who asked protestors – and Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims – “How many members of the GOP do you think are on Scruff and Grindr right now?”

#Philly #resistance #wearequeer #queerrage

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RESIST!!! #LGBTQ #queerrager

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Welcoming the GOP to Philly #gayrights #queerrager #philadelphia #phillyigers #dumptrump #gopretreat

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Speakers in the shopping cart is about the most Philly thing I've ever seen. Rana Ransom killin it at the #queerrager protest!

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