The Trans Radical Activist Network (TRAN) has called off its planned Trans Day of Vengeance rally in Washington, DC on Saturday due to a “credible threat to life and safety” after Monday shooting in Nashville that killed six, including three children by a transgender active shooter.
“The safety of our trans community is first priority. This threat is the direct result of the flood of raw hatred directed toward the trans community after the Tennessee shooting,” the coalition said on social media. “Individuals who had nothing to with that heinous act have been subjected to highly serious threats and blamed only because of their gender identity. This is one of the steps in genocide, and we will continue our efforts to protect trans lives. While we wholeheartedly believe in the mission and message we put forth for trans day of vengeance, we must prioritize the safety of our community and the people that make it up.””
Twitter removed thousands of tweets that promoted the event because “Vengeance’ does not imply peaceful protest.”
Despite the rally’s name, Trans Day of Vengeance is a meme that has been used by the trans community for years and was never intended to encourage further violence, TRAN insisted. Although many cannot confirm this. And the group has received major blowback from many in the LGB community for the suggestion of violence in the events name.
“This protest is about unity, not inciting violence. TRAN does not encourage violence and it is not welcome at this event,” the group said on its website.