ACT UP New York and several LGBT, Latin and Muslim groups protested Donald Trump outside Trump Tower in Manhattan as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee met with antigay evangelical leaders.
“Just over a week after the slaughter of dozens of LGBTQ people at Pulse in Orlando, Donald Trump is seeking the support and the endorsement of groups who have—for decades—advocated hatred, discrimination, and violence against our community,” said James Krellenstein, an ACT UP member, in a press release by the activists. “By continuing to embrace, rather than condemn these hate groups, Donald Trump and the Republican Party are spitting on the victims of the Orlando Massacre.”
On Tuesday evening, June 21, protesters staged a die-in in front of Trump Tower, lying on the ground like corpses, as a way to protest what they describe as violent and divisive rhetoric.
The ACT UP press release states, “According to the FBI, sexual orientation was the motivation for approximately 20 percent of hate crimes in 2013. The majority of those crimes were committed by white extremists or ‘average Americans,’ not Islamic fanatics, as Donald Trump might want the public to believe. The Pulse attack specifically targeted the Latinx community. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the majority of homicides against LGBTQ people in the United States from 2010-2015 were committed against black or Hispanic transgender people.”
Below are six videos of speakers during the protest: