Over a hundred members of the LGBTQ+ community and their families, friends, and allies rallied in Oxford on Saturday to celebrate the city’s decision to rescind an anti-trans “bathroom bill.” Most attendees were from Oxford and surrounding Calhoun County in a significant showing of support for the transgender community.
Saturday’s rally marked an important moment for Alabama. It increased the visibility of the state’s LGBTQ+ residents, demonstrating that even as a marginalized population we have the power to make positive change in this deeply conservative state. Attendees took an active role in combatting bigotry and hate by showing that we all care about many of the same things–our families, friends, and the communities in which we live.
In another sign of victory, a planned counter-protest to support Oxford’s repealed “bathroom bill” never materialized.
Earlier in the day, Oxford Council Member Charlotte Hubbard announced she will introduced a new bathroom ordinance with even tougher penalties targeting sexual predators, but makes no mention of gender identity. We will not stand idly by as state and local governments attempt to codify discrimination and will be watching to ensure this new bill is not used to discriminate against transgender individuals.