Hundreds of protesters crowded Harvey Milk Plaza Wednesday evening to denounce President Donald Trump’s call to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.
Trump made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning, and was swiftly denounced by San Francisco officials and community leaders, who pointed out Trump avoided the draft by claiming he had “bone spurs” in his foot.
“Myself and other LGBT veterans put their asses on the line for this country,” said Kody Horton, a Navy veteran who identifies as transgender, in front of the crowd in the Castro District on Wednesday.
He was far from the only one denouncing Trump that evening.
A woman dressed as Supergirl likened Trump to an iconic-Superman villain, asked the crowd to chant, “Lex Luthor must go!”
And a 14-year-old who identified themselves as E.J. said their family has a strong military history. “How am I going to tell my kids in the future that I couldn’t be in the military because of who I am?” they said, adding that not being able to fight for their country “hurts.”
The crowned “Miss Gay SF,” Piper McGroin, also stood before the community and said, “It breaks my heart.”
After the rally, protesters marched from the Castro District to the Tenderloin neighborhood, a historic birthplace of the fight for local transgender rights.
The San Francisco Examiner streamed the rally on Facebook live, which you can watch below.