They died in the streets—inside, they interrupted Donald Trump with shouts of “your lies are killing us!”
On Tuesday night, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump met with the leaders of various evangelical Christian groups at his Trump Tower offices in Manhattan. But just one week after the Orlando, Florida, mass murder of 49 LGBT people at a gay bar, New York’s LGBT community staged a series of anti-Trump protests.
Both inside the meeting and outside on the street in front of Trump Tower, the message put forth by LGBT groups was clear: solidarity between LGBT and Muslim communities and an opposition to violent rhetoric and hate speech.
After Trump’s meeting with evangelical leaders, a press conference was called inside. During the press conference, two activists from the group GetEqual staged a protest that cut off Trump’s speech. GetEqual co-directors Angela Peoples and Heather Cronk—who also took responsibility for interrupting President Barack Obama’s Pride reception in June 2015—heckled Trump with cries of “Take responsibility for Orlando” and “Your hate is killing us” before being dragged out of the event by security.
“The incisive hate-mongering of Donald Trump and right-wing religious ‘leaders’ is responsible not only for the massacre in Orlando, but also for the systemic violence that trans and queer people of color face everyday,” said Peoples in a statement emailed to the Daily Dot.
“That violence doesn’t just happen in the streets or at nightclubs,” Peoples continued. “It happens in the legislative chambers, where right wing politicians have passed over 250 bills restricting the rights of LGBTQ people and people of color.”
In a video posted to the GetEqual Facebook page, Peoples can be seen following and heckling Tony Perkins, president of the “pro-marriage and pro-life” lobbying firm Family Research Council.