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Trump to Face Massive Protest by ‘Drag Kings, Queens, Queers’ When He Visits London

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President Donald Trump has been forced to postpone or cancel several planned trips to visit UK Prime Minister Theresa May after threatened protests. But his latest attempt, slated for July, is a go – at least for now. This time, if and when he makes the trip across the pond, he’ll be greeted by a massive protest by “drag kings, queens, queers and allies” who have signed up on Facebook to protest the anti-LGBTQ U.S. president.

“Due to the appalling way the Trump administration has regarded the rights and welfare of LGBTQI communities of the US, the idea of a Trump visit to the UK is unacceptable,” the Drag Protest Against Trump UK Visit Facebook page reads.

Already almost 7000 have indicated they’re interested in attending.

“Let’s get visible, stand with our sister’s [sic], brothers and others in America, and show that we are a country that celebrates diversity,” the call for protestors urges. “All ages, races, genders and orientations welcome!”

Cheddar Gorgeous, one of the protest’s organizers, also wrote, “Great to see so many people interested in telling Donald to Trump Off!”

In an op-ed just-published in The Guardian explaining the protest, Gorgeous writes: “Despite claiming on the campaign trail to be ‘gay friendly’, the Trump administration has unleashed a barrage of policies and amendments that demonstrate the contrary. From reinstating a ban on transgender military personnel and rescinding legal protections for trans workers and students to arguing in favour of a homophobic cake shop, the actions of the US president have been decidedly unfriendly to LGBTQI people.”

On July 13, when Trump lands in the UK, he’ll be greeted not only by what likely will be thousands of drag kings, queens, queers and allies, but a larger all-out protest being called a “carnival of resistance.”

“Within hours of the announcement,” of Trump’s, “more than 100,000 Facebook users signalled their interest in ‘Protest Trump’s visit‘, a demonstration organised by journalist Owen Jones,” The Week UK reports.

43,000 people have already signed up to that rally against the president. Another 124,000 say they are interested in attending – and it’s only April.

The mayor of London appears to be in support of the protests:

 

Image via Drag Protest Against Trump UK Visit/Facebook

 

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FIRST AMENDMENT

Seattle Police to Pay Protesters $680,000 Over First Amendment Violation

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Seattle Police owe four protesters $680,000 after a federal jury decided Friday evening that the cops violated their First Amendment rights.

The incident occured on New Year’s Day 2021, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The four protesters had written “F**k the Police” and “peaceful protests” in chalk and charcoal on portable barriers near a police precinct, according to the Seattle Times.

At the time, however, Seattle and King County had put a moratorium on all misdemeanor bookings due to the COVID pandemic. Despite this, the four protesters, Derek Tucson, Robin Snyder, Monsieree de Castro and Erik Moy-Delgado, were booked and spent a night in jail, the Times reported.

READ MORE: Seattle Police Didn’t Provide Access to Lawyers 96% of the Time: Report

The officers said that the booking ban had a exception where the “assistant chief or higher” could override the ban, according to the lawsuit. The suit says that the override was used “based upon political participation and viewpoint.”

The plaintiffs also alleged that the anti-graffiti ordinance they were charged under was unconstitutional. Though the court initially agreed with the plaintiffs, that ruling was reversed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, according to KING-TV.

While the plaintiffs lost that fight, the jury found that the arrest and booking had indeed violated their First Amendment rights, as it was directly linked to the content of the speech.

Plaintiffs cited a tweet in the suit by the official Seattle Police account that read, “So, we can’t provide legal advice, but we can say the use of sidewalk chalk doesn’t constitute graffiti.” The suit also features photographs of pro-police statements written in chalk that the police were fine with.

Four officers were identified in court pleadings as Alexander Patton, Dylan Nelson, Ryan Kannard and Michele Letizia. The plaintiffs’ attorneys’ investigation into the officers discovered that the precinct breakroom had both a Trump flag and a fake tombstone mocking the death of a 19-year-old man killed by police, the Times reported.

“Based on the evidence presented at trial, the jury found the defendants arrested and booked the plaintiffs because of the content or viewpoint of their speech,” attorney Braden Pence said in a prepared statement.

Each of the four protesters will be paid $20,000 in compensatory damages by the city of Seattle, and $60,000 in punitive damages by the individual officers, according to the Times.

 

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