Rally in support of trans kids planned Friday at Oregon Capitol

Counterprotestors rally in support of transgender students outside the Salem-Keizer School District Student Services Support Center on Monday, April 11, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Basic Rights Oregon, an LGBTQ advocacy group, is planning a rally in support of transgender kids Friday at the state Capitol.

The event will be from 4-6 p.m. at Oregon State Capitol Park, according to a press release.

Organizers said they were motivated by “an increase in anti-trans political rhetoric in Oregon,” citing the backlash earlier this year to a new set of policies in the Salem-Keizer School District intended to support transgender students.

They also cited the recent decision by Keizer Pride organizers to cancel the June event amid fears of harassment in what would have been its second year.

We’re coming together to show our support and love for trans kids—a frequent target of political attacks—and speak out against hate,” the release said.

The rally will feature speakers including transgender young people, elected officials and political candidates.

“Trans kids don’t have a political agenda—they just want to live authentically. It’s the divisive adults in power picking on trans kids who are turning this into a political issue. Now, we’re fighting back,” the release said.

Mask wearing is encouraged, and American Sign Language interpreters and accessible restrooms will be available, the release said.

-Rachel Alexander