A transgender activist group, the Trans Radical Activist Network, has canceled their planned Trans Day of Vengeance rally in Washington, DC due to a credible threat to life and safety. They announced the threats on Thursday, revealing that they were triggered by social media reactions to the demonstration’s name, which had been scheduled weeks before Audrey Hale gunned down six individuals in Nashville, Tennessee.
The rally, which was intended to protest outside the US Supreme Court, was not meant to encourage violence, the group insisted. Instead, the group aimed to spread awareness about unity in the trans community. The cancellation was made to ensure the safety of the transgender community, according to a statement made by the coalition on social media.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia was among those who criticized the name of the demonstration, stating that it represented the “threat of Antifa-driven trans-terrorism.” Following the Nashville shooting, several social media posts pertaining to the Trans Day of Vengeance event were removed by Twitter as the word vengeance was determined to not imply peaceful protest.
The Trans Radical Activist Network will consider hosting another rally with a different theme in the future. In the meantime, the group expressed condemnation for Monday’s shooting and any far-right actors who attempt to weaponize these tragic events against marginalized communities. The White House has also shared that current events are proof that trans people are “under attack” and being unfairly blamed for one person’s actions. CBS executives have further banned the word “trans” during their coverage of the event to protect the trans community against unjustified blame.
In conclusion, the Trans Day of Vengeance rally organized in Washington, DC was canceled by the Trans Radical Activist Network due to a credible threat to life and safety. Although the event’s name created outrage following the Nashville shooting, the group noted that it did not encourage violence and was meant to create a sense of unity. In light of this, the coalition aims to hold another rally in the future with a safer theme.