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Gay rights activists protest in Philadelphia

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 01:35

Gay rights activists protest outside a Republican retreat venue Wednesday night where Donald Trump will be speaking. Colette Luke reports.

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Gay rights activists in Philadelphia danced and protested outside the venue of the Republican congress, ahead of President Donald Trump scheduled address to the leadership. (SOUNDBITE) PROTESTER PETER KOURAHANIS: "I am waving this flag because I'm a proud, openly gay man and my rights are going to be under attack under this administration and I do not like it. I'm here to try to stop him, I'm here to voice my concerns as an American citizen who demands my equal rights, period." (SOUNDBITE) PROTESTER BRIE BARTON SAYING: "It's about joy being an act of defiance. There's a lot of fear and hate being stirred up right now and a big, queer, beautiful dance party seems like a pretty fantastic middle finger to an administration that seems pretty intent on division and further repression." During the campaign, Trump embraced the LGBTQ community, but his vice-president Mike Pence - as Governor of Indiana has fought against same-sex marriage and allowing gay people to serve openly in the military. There were also people who demonstrated against Trump on healthcare... (SOUNDBITE) PROTESTER AND CANCER SURVIVOR EILEEN DOYLE SAYING: "I have a preexisting condition, a major one, cancer. The whole thing about the individual mandate was to make it more cost effective to pay for sick people, and if they get rid of that, they could go back to charging huge amounts of money for someone with a preexisting condition and it's ridiculous, it's just inhumane, no compassion." British Prime Minister Theresa May will be joining Trump at the Republican policy retreat along with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The protesters are expected to be there too.

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Gay rights activists protest in Philadelphia

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 01:35