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#NotMyPresident protesters march in Wilton Manors

Trump's position on LGBTQ community rights concern activists

WINSTON PARK, Fla. – Dozens of #NotMyPresident protesters marched in Wilton Manors on Saturday.  The event began at City Hall and continued on Oakland Boulevard off Dixie Highway. 

Although the themes of the signs varied from "My Body, My Choice" to "Human Beings Cannot Be Illegal," most of the protesters said they were concerned about the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. 

Anxiety grows as President-elect Donald Trump continues to surround himself with politicians who have for the most part voted against the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Trump plans to nominate a conservative judge to the Supreme Court. His pick for U.S. Attorney General, Sen. Jefferson Sessions, alarmed LGBTQ activists nationwide this week. 

Sessions wants to pass a law to allow discrimination in the name of "religious freedom." He also voted against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would have extended protections to the LGBTQ community. 

About a decade ago, Vice-president elect Mike Pence said gay couples signaled a "societal collapse." In 2010, he opposed the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell past military policy.

Most recently, Pence opposed President Barack Obama's directive to public school districts allowing students to use the restrooms of the gender they identify with. 

The Wilton Manors protest follows a Friday night protest in Sunny Isles Beach. Last weekend, there were protests in downtown Miami, Wynwood and Fort Lauderdale. 


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