Hundreds rally, march in downtown Orlando for trans rights

October 22, 2023
Orlando Sentinel

...Cries for fair treatment filled the air Saturday afternoon as hundreds marched in downtown Orlando in support of rights for transgender people in Florida.

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights helped organize the event, which follows a lawsuit challenging a state law that prohibits transgender people from using public bathrooms that don’t align with their sex assigned at birth.

Samira Burnside, a 17-year-old trans girl who helped organize the event, said the law, along with a slew of other bills Gov. Ron DeSantis signed this year, dehumanizes trans people.

“The debate is whether or not trans people are people and we are here to show them they are,” Burnside said. “Trans youth, like me, deserve to lead their own lives and to have self-determination, and determination with their families, without state intervention.”

It ended with another demonstration at City Hall where organizers with the Center for Constitutional Rights brought up the lawsuit filed in the federal Middle District of Florida on Sept. 29.

One of the six plaintiffs includes Lindsey Spero, a nonbinary activist from St. Petersburg who injected testosterone at a state medical board meeting this year...

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October 22, 2023