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Transgender rights group unfurls massive flag in front of Lincoln Memorial

Transgender rights group unfurls massive flag in front of Lincoln Memorial

One of the country's largest transgender rights groups on Monday unfurled a 150-foot transgender pride flag in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the latest demonstration by the LGBTQ community against what they call the Trump administration's attacks on transgender people. 

The National Center for Transgender Equality on Monday worked with local activists to unveil the flag. 

"We , and we won't be forgotten, and we won't be ignored," the group tweeted with photos of the unfurling. "Today, we worked with local advocates and community members to unfurl a 150-foot trans flag on some of our nation's most visible real estate: the Lincoln Memorial." 

The demonstration comes the day after members of the TransLatin@ Coalition unfurled a banner reading “Trans People Deserve to Live” during Sunday night’s World Series game.

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Trans groups have been protesting en masse since a New York Times report earlier this month revealed the Trump administration is considering a change to the legal definition of gender that would exclude transgender people from civil rights protections in health care, education, housing, medicine and more.

The Times reported that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing a definition of gender that relies solely on one's biological characteristics. Under this definition, trans and nonbinary people, whose gender identity does not match the one they were assigned at birth, would not be recognized by the federal government. 

HHS is reportedly proposing multiple agencies adopt this new definition, which would result in trans people being written out of multiple civil rights programs.

The National Center for Transgender Equality has vowed to fight the proposed change, holding protests and a press conference last week in which representatives said the revised definition does not match current federal law or mainstream scientific practices regarding transgender people.

Multiple courts have upheld civil rights protections for transgender and nonbinary individuals, though the Department of Justice last week told the Supreme Court in a brief that it is lawful to discriminate against transgender employees based on their gender identity.  

LGBTQ advocates have responded with the hashtag #WontBeErased, a message by and for trans and nonbinary people asserting that changes at the federal level will not undermine the fact that they exist as a community. 

Multiple lawmakers have spoken out against the proposed changes using the hashtag. 

“This nation's darkest days have always come when our government deemed civil rights conditional," Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyFrom Hollywood to Main Street, Americans rise against hate Transgender rights group unfurls massive flag in front of Lincoln Memorial Dem lawmaker urges NLRB to withdraw new labor rule MORE III (D-Mass.) said in a statement to The Hill.

Kennedy is the chair of the House LGBT Equality Caucus’s Transgender Equality Task Force. 

"The Trump Administration’s ongoing assault on transgender Americans betrays not just that history and not just the progress for which millions have bravely sacrificed, but our most fundamental responsibility to treat and see each other as human," Kennedy continued. "Today we raise our voices against an Administration that continues to cower to the forces of hatred and bigotry, and we tell every single transgender American that the rest of this country stands by their side.”