Gays Against Guns is a rapidly growing, direct action group founded in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando that claimed the lives of 49 people, many of them from the queer community. As chapters spring up from Los Angeles to New Jersey, GAG is working diligently to come up with innovative ways to get across its message of stricter gun control laws, through peaceful civil disobedience.
On Monday, July 18, the first night of the Republican National Convention, GAG will stage a protest at presumptive GOP nominee and surefire sign of the apocalypse Donald Trump's luxurious tax shelter, Trump Tower—at 725 Fifth Ave in Manhattan at 5 pm.
Earlier this week, the GOP announced its platform, which gay republicans—after climbing out of whatever magical tree trunk they live in where that's a good idea—called the most anti-LGBT in the party's history. Which is saying a lot.
“Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of ‘pray the gay away’—it’s all in there,” wrote Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, in a message to supporters.
And this morning Trump officially confirmed Indiana governor and noted asshat Mike Pence as his running mate, who is also no friend to the gays:
Pence has shown little to no support for LGBT issues during his time in government. He has opposed measures from marriage equality to the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He made headlines as governor in spring 2015 when he signed a religious freedom bill into law that led to mass boycotts and corporate outrage.
So with the stakes higher each day, and Congress at a perpetual stalemate when it comes to gun control, GAG is urging you to show Trump and the GOP "what you think of them" on Monday:
Join Queer Nation on the first night of the Republican National Convention to tell Donald Trump and the Republican Party exactly what you think of them, their anti-LGBT platform, and the blood money that continues to flow to them from the NRA.
The Republican Party, with its unrelenting anti-LGBT rhetoric, bears ultimate responsibility for the anti-LGBT killings in Orlando on June 12. Its unshakable, blind allegiance to the NRA is responsible for the unrelenting epidemic of gun violence in the United States—in Columbine, Aurora, Santa Barbara, Newtown, and, most recently, Dallas.
Come let them know that's not OK with you.
Gays Against Guns will have two T-shirt making parties this weekend in preparation for Monday's rally. You can find out more about the protest and let them know you're coming by clicking here.