A pink, white and blue banner was unfurled from the crowd at Dodger Stadium during the World Series game between LA Dodgers and Boston Red Sox on Sunday that read “Transgender People Deserve To Live.”
The demonstration was orchestrated by the LA-based [email protected] Coalition, an advocacy group that works to protect the trans Latinx community.
The group’s president, Bamby Salcedo, was there to help wave the banner.
“I felt my heart was dropping along with it,” Salcedo said. “I was kind of exploding because of the adrenaline. You don’t know what’s going to happen with the police and security and all of that.”
The banner was flown for a few minutes before security personnel had it removed, escorting the activists from the stadium.
The flag was not shown on Fox’s television broadcast of the game according to reports, though images of the banner garnered attention on social media.
Just saw this story about an activist coalition unfurling a MASSIVE transgender flag reading “trans people deserve to live” during the World Series: https://t.co/d64XMeE1W9 What a moment.— Dianna E. Anderspooky 🏳️🌈 (@diannaeanderson) October 29, 2018
This demonstration came a week after Trump’s announced that his administration is considering narrowing the legal definition of gender, effectively excluding transgender and nonbinary people from civil rights protections guaranteed under law.
“Transgender people are frightened,” Legal Director for the Human Rights Campaign Sarah Warbelow said. “At every step where the administration has had the choice, they’ve opted to turn their back on transgender people.”
With this World Series demonstration, Salcedo hopes to inspire and empower trans people and allies.
“I hope that this action will motivate members of the trans community, our allies and our comrades to really activate and to really understand that we have power,” Salcedo said. “We can demonstrate our power anywhere and everywhere.”