SWFL group rallies for transgender students

Posted at 10:38 PM, Feb 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 07:15:09-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- More than a dozen Southwest Floridians gathered along Summerlin Boulevard and Cypress Lakes Drive in Fort Myers Sunday afternoon to raise awareness for LGBT rights and transgender students.

The participants said they were also showing support for singer Jackie Evancho, who was performing Sunday night in Ft. Myers. 

"I'm not going to shut up about this until something is done and it improves drastically," said LGBT activist Sarah Brown. 

The signs had sayings written on them including "transgender rights are human rights and "Let my people pee."

"We are just dehumanizing ourselves by denying people human rights and it's unfortunate that it's happening, but it's happening and we have to change that," said Brown. 

Brown is 16-years-old and said she was out rallying in support of several transgender classmates. 

Last week President Trump rescinded a guideline for transgender students allowing school districts more flexibility in accommodating transgender students and the interpretation of title IX.

"Our president promised many things to the country, but one of them was not to rescind protections in the LGBT community and transgender young people," said activist Jason Boeckman.

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