Gender/Sexuality/Identity

Reportback from Women's March

On the 19th of January, the Women's March totally overflowed their Freedom Plaza rally site, filling that area plus a short march route past Trump Hotel and around a few blocks almost continuously. The counterprotesting "march for all women" was a tiny failure by comparison. Several women in Handmaid's Tale uniforms made them look like fools.

Video-the scene around Trump Hotel 1 min 23 sec

Massive crowd at Trump Hotel

Reportback from Counterprotesting the Theocrat/Anti-Choice "March for Life"

On the 18th of January, pro-choice activists gathered at the Supreme Court to counterprotest the annual "March for Life" which is essentially a march for theocratic control of women's bodies. The pro-choice activists outnumbered and outmaneuvered those antichoice activists who showed up early at the Court, but things got a bit intense when the main march of seemingly every antichoice extremist in the US showed up.

Video of the counterprotest including the surprisingly few MAGA hats and overt Trumpers in the antichoice march 4 min 5 sec

Update Jan 19:Trigger warning-heavy duty brownshirt behavior! MAGA-hatted students from Covington Catholic High School surround and harass elder at Indigenous Peoples' March after anti-choice march 3 min 54 sec first 1 min 20 sec silent

Counterprotesting the annual antichoice march

Sex workers and supporters hold Decrim Carnival 3 at Reeves Center

Dec 17th was the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. In DC, the Decrim Carnival 3 was held in the Reeves Center on 14th st. Music and dancers performing dances similar to what they would do onstage (but fully dressed) alternated with speakers on the human cost of keeping sex work illegal. Physical assaults by violent men posing as customers go unpunished because sex workers know the police cannot be trusted and filing a report simply creates a second round of risk, this time from the cops.

Video-two dance performances and a speaker on why sex workers can't report assaults to the cops 4 min 13 sec

Trump adviser Stephen Miller gets another home demo

On the 12th of December, WERK Not Walls marched on the home of Donald Trump's political adviser Stephen Miller after a stopover at ICE. This is at least the second time Stephen Miller has had protesters at his house. Stephen Miller is the thug who first suggested to Trump that families be separated at the border to deter migration

Video compilation-march from ICE to home of Stephen Miller 2 min 25 sec

Photo by Alejandro Alvarez

Protesters gather at Tanzanian Embassy in response to new persecution of GLBTQ people

On the 28th of November, protesters gathered outside the Embassy of Tanzania(Tanzania House) in response to a "crackdown" on GLBTQ folks that has included arrests and calls for mass roundups. The arrests are under an over century old law originally written by British colonizers.

Handmaids, anti-Trump acts in High Heel Race as putting Mayor's name on it stokes controversy

On the 30th of October, the annual pre-Halloween High Heel Race took to 17th st. There were multiple participants in "Handmaid's Tale" costume, a possible reference to the Kavanaugh confirmation fightback. Also present were participants with "Trump is a Drag" and "Drag out Trump" signs.

Video including the Handmaids, the anti-Trump act, and a critique of the Mayor 1 min 14 sec

#WontBeErased: Transgender activists and allies protest at Zorbas, staff or management calls the cops

Video from Zorbas (960x540 resolution) 2 min 58 sec

On the 26th of October, transgender activists and allies showed up at Zorbas, a supposedly GLBTQ friendly restaurant just north of Dupont Circle in DC. They were there to educate diners about the ongoing murder of transgender people and especially transgender people of color in the US. The case of Crystal Lee was cited as an example. The response by Zorba's staff was to summon the police.

The scene inside Zorbas as transgender activists and their friends held an educational "mic-check" intended to last five minutes

Protest remembering murdered Trans Women Marches into Columbia Heights restaurants

On the 19th of October, Transgender activists and their allies gathered at the Columbia Heights Metro and marched into a variety of area restaurants. The protest was on behalf of the shocking number of transgender people who have been murdered, and focussed on the case of Jennefer Laude, a Filipina transgender woman who was murdered by a US Marine who claimed "self-defense" for strangling her to death after finding she was transgender.

The protest visited Chipotle, Starbucks, a branch of the notoriously homophobic Chick-Fil-A chain, and Z-Burger. Not surprisinly the worst issues with threats from staff were at Chick-Fil-A.

Video from all four stops of the protest for murdered trans women

Fists up for murdered transgender folks at Chipotle

Protesters at Supreme Court as Kavanaugh shows up for Day 1

On the 9th of October, "Injustice Brett KKKavanaugh" reported to the US Supreme Court for his first day of putting his agenda into action. Just to enter the building he had to get past protesters. A three-SUV motorcade that dove into the building past penned protesters was probably him. Afterwards protesters in "Handmaid's Tale" costumes marched to the front of the building

Video-protesting Kavanaugh's motorcade,then the Handmaid's March to the front of SCOTUS 1 min 12 sec

The last of 3 SUV's in what may have been Kavanaugh's motorcade which had to dive into the garage past protesters

Progressives confront Trumpers outside White House as Kavanaugh gets 2nd swearing-in by Trump

On the evening of October 8, Donald Trump summoned Brett Kavanaugh to the White House for a ceremonial second swearing-in. Outside, Penn Ave was closed, but arguments between progressives and Trump supporters broke out up and down the opposite sidewalk until the loud "Kremlin Annex" protesters showed up with musical instruments and their PA to drown the MAGAts out.

Video: Magats admit to being driven by religion, KremlinAnnex protesters drown them out 2 min 7 sec

Trump supporters argue with protesters outside Kavanaugh's second swearing-in for primetime TV

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