San Diego trans activist Connor Maddocks has a special message for both Trump and voters.
In support of San Diego's transgender community, the Hillcrest Business Association, at the behest of the community, has raised the trans flag in Hillcrest.
Its presence is in response to an article written in the New York Times that brought to light a memo from the Trump administration to redefine gender and nonbinary people.
The memo in question reads in part, “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth. The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”
This news prompted a demonstration in Washington this afternoon which took place in front of the White House. People held signs reading "Trans equality now" and "Trans people won't be erased," some waved the transgender pride flag.
Here in San Diego, the transgender flag was raised late on Monday afternoon as a show of solidarity and support for transgender people both locally and nationwide.
In a statement, local trans activist Connor Maddocks told San Diego Gay and Lesbian News that when he heard the news about what the Trump administration was trying to do he was very mad.
"I became so angry I couldn’t even look at my Facebook or any other source of news," wrote Maddocks. "I am outraged that he thinks by changing some kind of rule or law that he can just make us disappear. If that’s what he thinks, he has a big surprise coming. I stand with all my community and those who support us against anyone who would marginalize us even more."
Maddocks has a personal message for President Trump and all citizens who wish to fight back against the administration.
"You cannot get rid of us Mr. 45. We are strong, relentless, passionate people who will not bend to you. We resist so we can continue to fight your tyranny," wrote Maddocks. "Rise up my siblings, the fight is on. The first step is to vote, everyone needs to vote this year. No excuses."
Executive Director of the HBA, Benjamin Nicholls, says the flag will remain raised through the weekend.