PHOTOS: Philly Got a Head Start on Trump Protests With “Queer Rager”
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?”
— sramones (@sramones) January 26, 2017
— Philly We Rise (@phillywerise) January 26, 2017
We Philadelphians roll out a warm welcome to to the GOP convening here for two days to plot the gutting of the ACA, immigration crack down, rollback of women's rights and all around war against the poor and oppressed. We will not back down! #fuckoffGOP #philly #xoxophilly #queerrager #gayphilly #thisiswhatdemocracylookslike
— PhillyGayNews (@phillygaynews) January 26, 2017
— Mean Fat Witch (@Artists_Ali) January 26, 2017
— Green Philly (@greenphillyblog) January 26, 2017
— BAM (@bam_880) January 26, 2017
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