EUGENE, Ore.-- Hundreds gathered at Kesey Square Saturday afternoon for a protest and march in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and to fight for LGBTQIA+ rights.
The protest was hosted by TransPonder, a nonprofit in Eugene providing support and resources for transgender and gender diverse individuals and allies.
This all comes after the Trump adminsitration revoked transgender healthcare protections two weeks ago, a move protesters Saturday were fighting against.
Many shared that they want to bring awareness to the transgender lives that have been lost and for equality when it comes to healthcare in America.
“Especially for trans women of color, native trans women and black trans women,” Eugene resident Zarih Hazel said. “t’s already so dangerous in America to just be that. So, if you're getting discriminated in your own healthcare, that's like chaos.”
Max Skorodinsky is an admin and board member for TransPonder, a Eugene nonprofit organization.
“It’s a moment in time where people are raising voices,” Skorodinsky said. “People are raising awareness and people are stepping into actions to acknowledge historic justices but also begin to talk about and plan readdressing of those injustices. It's important at this moment to stand with the BLM movement to be in solidarity and also acknowledge the breadth of people impacted.”
Many shared that Saturday’s march was all about unity.
“Coming into this fiery place of wanting to change that and do whatever I can do to help that continue to have the momentum to have the movement and have that change actually happen,” Eugene resident Darries Yannisk said.
The march ended with more speeches at the federal courthouse in downtown Eugene, where the group then marched by to Kesey Square.
“I want to show that our lives matter, as well,” Eugene resident Morgan Chinn said. “We should all be equal, and we just want to be accepted.”