Anti-Trump Demonstration Planned for Thursday in WeHo

EDITOR’S NOTE: The organizers of the anti-Trump demonstration at the Matthew Shepard Memorial have moved the start time from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, Feb. 2.

Residents of West Hollywood who are unhappy with Donald Trump’s first two weeks in office will have an opportunity on
Thursday to express their dismay.

Robert Gamboa and Duke Mason, members of the city’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, are organizing a demonstration at 6 p.m. at the Matthew Shepard Memorial on the northwest side of the intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard.

Gamboa said all five West Hollywood City Council members have expressed interest in the event and he is discussing collaboration with the L.A. LGBT Center.

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Major demonstrations against Trump have occurred already in Los Angeles and across the world. The Woman’s March on Jan. 21 in downtown Los Angeles attracted hundreds of thousands of participants including WeHo Mayor Lauren Meister and Councilmember Lindsey Horvath.

On Saturday and Sunday, thousands gathered at Los Angeles International Airport to protest an order by Trump to suspend the arrivals of refugees and that banned entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order indefinitely blocks Syrian refugees, who are fleeing a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.

Members of the LGBT community, which makes up roughly 40% of West Hollywood’s population, are concerned about rumors that Trump may act to rollback their rights. His vice president, Mike Pence, as governor of Indiana signed a controversial law that permitted businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers based on their religious beliefs. As a member of congress he has opposed same-sex marriage, laws intended to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination and allowing gay people to serve openly in the military.

Trump however, stated today that he would keep in place policies that protect LGBT people working for federal contractors against job discrimination. In a 2015 interview he also said the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage should be allowed to stand.

  1. I passed the CBEST long ago, Cy.

    Let me help you out a little here: In your first sentence you should have correctly said, “….you could HAVE learned so much”, and in the second sentence you should have said, “I’ve been charging by the hour for WHAT you have been getting …”.

    The point is, Cy, you and I have been through this before and I’ve learned to not bother with you. Not only are you wrong, you’re very condescending to anyone who presents a different point of view. There is no reason to be that way.

  2. Such a shame blueeyedboy, you could of learned so much! Shortly after passing the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test), I’ve been charging by the hour for you have been getting for free. 🙂

  3. I submitted a posting that refuted EVERYONE of the misinformation points brought up by the Trump supporters, with hyperlink references but, I’m guessing they think another one of my comments was far too lengthy for posting. One point on a serious bit of completely fabricated misinformation posted (alternative facts for Trump Supporters) about Al-Qaeda terrorists living as refugees in Kentucky and a major terrorist attack. It’s a complete lie! As in a statement that the stating party has full knowledge to be false and is made with the intention to deceive. Kellyanne Conway made up a fake terrorist attack to justify Trump’s “Muslim ban!”
    Notice how most right-wing arguments are entirely anecdotal and, the people in this case are afraid to post any sources? This is because the only sources that justify their islomophobia also contain articles that push racist, sexist, homophobic (overtly labeling LGBT individuals as sexual predators and or pedophiles), and even Holocaust denial conspiracy theories.

  4. Wow, Leslie Karliss, do you ever have me wrong! No, I’m not going to get into a back and forth with you because you strike me as someone who sees sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and all the other -isms and -phobias “in the rising of the sun”, so my time would amount to nothing. In your little world you won’t allow the consideration of any other information to come through that rattles your confirmation bias. So come to whatever conclusion you want about that.

  5. @Mike: How about the administration doing their homework? The GOP which has fostered our fearless leader is not interested in homework of any nature. Their theory is perhaps: “You can’t hit a moving target”, which Trump has personified his entire life skipping from one issue to another, glossing over and confounding anyone to assess even his misdeeds, taxes or multiple business misadventures. His supporters are simply following the same theory…”He got away with it, chances are we can too and never be accountable.”. Jeff Sessions is the current Roy Cohen and the remaining cabinet “world class facilitators”. There are no limits.

  6. @David Reid: Well said!

    @blueeyedboy: Your ignorance is astounding. It’s so easy to hide behind a handle.
    1) I’m curious to know why you believe the women’s march was an embarrassment.
    2) None of those responsible for acts of terrorism on US soil came from the banned countries. In fact, they came from countries not included in the ban but where Trump has business interests.
    3) What makes you think Trump is going to keep in place LGBT rights when his VP and Supreme Court picks, not to mention his advisors and cabinet, would deny those rights given the first opportunity. Judging by your handle, I’m guessing you are a straight white Christian male; women, all LGBT people, African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, Muslims, Jews, the handicapped, the poor and anyone who might be deemed “other” have no place in the Trump/Bannon vision of the U.S.

  7. It isn’t just immigration. There are attacks on women’s rights, the rule of law, and a pending possible order on religious freedom that will legalize discrimination against ALL LGBT people, abortion clinics, and ultimately to put religious rights above your civil rights.

    It’s important. Be there.

  8. 1. The Women’s March is only an embarrassment to Trump and his misogynyous supporters given the FACT (as opposed to Trump’s “alternative” facts) that the Numbers of the Women’s March far EXCEEDED the Numbers of Trump’s inauguration! Here in Los Angeles the Women protesting Trump exceeded 750,000!

    2. I take no comfort in an unconstitutional ban by an illegitimate President that “it’s ONLY going to last 90 days” when he is actively working to make it permanent. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani interviewed on Fox News on January 28, explained how the administration’s immigration policy morphed from one that was obviously unconstitutional to one that is more subtly so. Host Jeanine Pirro asked, “Does the ban have anything to do with religion?” In response, Giuliani said, “When [Trump] first announced it, he said ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up, he said, ‘Put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally.’” “It,” in this case, of course, is a ban on Muslims. Giuliani’s admission is a textbook case of drafting an order in a way that avoids overt declaration of animus against a religious or ethnic group, while retaining the motive and much of the effect. Unfortunately for Trump but fortunately for oppressed groups of people, courts can and do see through this kind of rhetorical manipulation. That’s when right-wingers whine about judicial overreach! An executive order or law that displays unconstitutional animus and violates the Equal Protection Clause when it has the “purpose and effect of disapproval of a class recognized and protected by state law,” as Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor. Sometimes the animus is overt, as in the case of an amendment to the Colorado state constitution—deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Romer v. Evans—that explicitly granted homosexuals fewer legal protections than heterosexuals. Other times, the animus is hidden. But that makes no difference in the eyes of the law. In City of Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Center, for example, the Supreme Court found that even if a policy does not overtly discriminate between two classes of people, a discriminatory motive can taint it. In that case, the court ruled unconstitutional the Texas city’s denial of a zoning permit for a residence for the mentally disabled because it “rest[ed] on an irrational prejudice against the mentally retarded.” Let’s make one thing clear, it does NOT matter whether the Muslims in question are citizens or noncitizens, green card holders, visa holders or refugees. The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment explicitly prohibits “deny[ing] to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The Supreme Court made this clear in Plyler v. Doe, when it protected the rights of non-citizen children in Texas, striking down a denial of school funds to the children of undocumented parents. This means that any and all foreign travelers on U.S. soil including those waiting at U.S. airports, for example are protected. I’m pleased that I was part of the protest at LAX (the largest ever at an airport) to make this point clear this week.

    3. Trump’s Plans to Respect Obama Order Protecting LGBT Employment in Government is being kept to a bare minimum! If Trump truly wanted to show that he is a pro-gay president, he would work to expand the protections provided to federal employees to all employees and citizens of the United States. In most states, it is still 100% legal to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation. Not only is Trump NOT doing anything about this, he going lend support to such discrimination under the justification of RELIGIOUS FREEDOM! Can’t blame any Muslims on this one, which is why right-wingers like to omit this fact. Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination
    If signed, the order would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity.

    Even a Vegan can easily have a serious beef with these matters!

  9. And the man who said his mother died due to Trump’s travel ban was also found to be lying. She had actually died five days before the ban.

    Then there’s the girl in NY who said some guys assaulted her and took off her hajib (MS?), and used slurs against her, was lying.

    Oh, yeah, and remember “clock boy”?

  10. 1. That Women’s March was stupid and an embarrassment!
    2. The ban on refugees is for only 90 days and it is targeted on those countries that have no central government, so there is no way to vet them. There are no records to examine! The ban applies to Christian Syrians and Libyans in the same way as to Muslims.
    3. Trump is keeping in place protections for LGBT federal employees.

    What’s your beef?

  11. Orenji: Please tell us how many Muslim individuals you are personally acquainted with and what are their countries of origin? Of these folks, what do you personally know about the affairs of Muslim citizens or green card holders that are presently here and in current contact with families in their home country?

    Lastly on the religious continuum, what is your priority pecking order for the most godly religion and how do you appraise spirituality apart from religion?

  12. The extremist that call themselves christian equally hold women as 2nd class, and don’t even mention queers in their presence. These are the same folks that can’t seem to learn if they stuck their penis in any other orifice 90% of all abortions would be prevented. I’d bet 52% of ‘christians’ in the red states would outlaw gays as well. Amerikkka is just getting warmed up. Resist! Speak up, don’t roll over and hope it won’t hurt.

  13. James Duke Mason should do his homework before he organizes a FAKE PROTEST. IF YOU READ THE IMMIGRATION LAW- 8 US CODE 1182 INADMISSIBLE ALIENS STATES:

    Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. If you go into the Homeland Security site- the 7 countries that were decided a threat was by Homeland Security ,and the Obama Administration. Trump used the same 7 countries as a moratorium for 90-120 days to review the immigration laws, tighten loopholes, revamp the system, and to keep us safe-since we’ve had a terrorist attacks on the homeland the last 8 ryrs. The FBI has 1000 on going on ISIS cases and other cases here in the US.

    Of course, back in 2011 when Barack Obama banned Iraqi refugees for six months the far left said nothing! If this was a Muslim ban than Indonesia, Egypt, with huge Muslim population , and 40 some other Muslim countries that were NOT INCLUDED. Call it what you want a ban, moratorium for 90-120 days. Other countries could be added like Pakistan etc..Europe is ruined by open borders,

    In 2011 the US discovered Al-Qaeda terrorists living as refugees in Kentucky.

    As a result of this discovery the Obama administration blocked all Iraqi refugees from entering the US for six months.
    There were no protests.
    ABC reported:
    As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application he immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.

    Chuck Schumer is a HYPOCRITE! HE SAID THIS BACK IN 2015-2016….Since Trump enforced the law Schumer is a total HYPOCRITE, and part of the DC elite.

    Chuck Schumer Verified account ‏@SenSchumer
    “We must tighten loopholes in the Visa Waiver prgm, ensure passports can’t be faked & stop terrorists who want to exploit the system.”

    Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, on Tuesday said “it may be necessary to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States for the safety of the US.”

  14. Guys… you may not like to hear this and I know it sucks for those people who are truly good and are muslim… but the culture (especially the fundamentalist and extremists) that many of these people have are very different from more modern civilizations and it’s already resulting in very bad clashes in Europe. Many of the men from these areas that were banned view women as second class citizens. The New Years event in Cologne (Germany) is a perfect example. Many women were dragged away by hordes of men gathered in an area and molested/raped. Rape and crime has increased because it is a culture integration issue. British Muslim polls show that 52% still believe that being gay should be outlawed. Many still hope that Sharia law will dominate. I sincerely hope this changes with time but it’s an issue that is growing in countries that have allowed massive amounts of refugees in and they are seeing the consequences. ISIS also uses these opportunities to infiltrate countries.

  15. Finally! Odd timing though on a Thursday at 5pm when many people are working but it is good to see Weho civic leaders stepping up to bring the protest home. #FilibusterSCOTUS

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