Photographer Jacquelin Grenzebach kept her aperture open to capture the crowd.
It wasn't long after the New York Times published an article about a leaked memo from the Health and Human Services Department for activists and allies to organize nationally.
The memo reportedly contains wording that transgender people should only be classified by what they were assigned at birth. Individuals who contest that classification would have to undergo genetic testing. Basically, this would mean the erasure of the trans community in America.
As usual, San Diego was one of the first cities in which the LGBT community gathered to march in protest organizing a Won’t Be Erased March And Rally.
Photographer Jacquelin Grenzebach was there on Oct. 27 to capture the pulse of the afternoon in pictures.
As she snapped photos Grenzebach says there was a strong sense of acceptance and strength within the crowd.
"Everyone present stood together for the same belief of being given the chance to live a life free of hardships and judgment," said Grenzebach. "We stood together as one to make a difference to better the greater existence of the LGBTQ community."
One thing that the photographer saw which held true throughout each snapshot are the faces holding raw emotion epitomizing what the trans community fears the most, ostracization from their own country.
"Several images from the Rally really moved me," said Grenzebach, who notes one particular (pictured top left); an unconditional greeting between two people listening to rally speakers. "The background shows the community and the sign holds a strong message about the reality of the need for overall equality."
When asked why it is so important to record these moments, the photographer says she believes it's to ensure that America doesn't regress. "The full LGBTQ community has come so far. We need to protect and support each other as well as carry on the efforts to always be seen for the unique individuals we all are. We need to document these moments in hopes to educate and prevent future discrimination."
She adds, "Together we stand for equality."
The freelance photojournalist is always on the ground during rallies, activist-charged events and equality gatherings. She is currently working on a personal project. You can view her talent through her profile on Instagram.
You can see her entire gallery of photos taken at the rally at SDPIX. Click HERE.