Transgender people deserve to live, and a group of World Series attendees weren’t going to let Red Sox and Dodgers fans forget it.
On Sunday, during the fifth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, attendees tied a large banner of the trans flag to a balcony of the stadium and unfurled it, revealing the phrase “Trans people deserve to live.”
According to Into, the banner’s display was an effort by the TransLatin@ Coalition, a Los Angeles-based organization working for the rights of transgender Latinx people. The banner’s presence was a poignant reminder of the Trump administration’s recently announced efforts to define sex as unchangeably male or female.
“I felt my heart was dropping along with it,” Bamby Salcedo, president of TransLatin@ Coalition, told Into. “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 flag, which was flown for several minutes before being taken down by police, wasn’t featured on Fox’s broadcast of the game (though it can be seen in the background of at least one shot). For those in the stands, however, it could not be ignored.
The banner just unfurled at Dodger Stadium down the left-field line. pic.twitter.com/l1eZTwDHao— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 29, 2018
A group of fans unfurled a "Trans people deserve to live" banner at Dodger Stadium. pic.twitter.com/lOU7ah7vKY— Boston.com Red Sox News (@BDCSox) October 29, 2018
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A video of the moments leading up to the banner being unfurled has been shared to the coalition’s Facebook page, showing how Salcedo, Board Chair Maria Roman, and other members attached the banner to the balcony before letting it fall open. The video has received more than 14,000 views.