Amateur video posted on social media by Ashley Rae Goldenberg of MRCTV recorded the proceedings of a "Queer Dance Party for Climate Justice" that took place outside the home of Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. The protest took place on Saturday in front of the residence in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington DC.

Extravagantly-dressed participants danced and chanted, "Ivanka Trump, come dance!" The revelers also assembled in front of the home of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. At least one resident of the neighborhood was dismayed by the frivolity and noise of the protest and the hundreds of participants. An elderly man who lives in the area called on the protesters to leave, telling one to "get the f--k out of here."

On the same evening, protesters marched into Kalorama shouting “F--k Trump!” while listening to “We Will Rock You” by the rock group Queen among other danceable tunes. The protesters denounced President Trump’s climate policies, waved gay flags, and appeared to be having a good time.

Made up largely of gays and lesbian, the protest sought to “send the clear message that our climate and our communities matter,” a detailed Facebook announcement of the event said. “The entire Trump Administration has shown a blatant disregard for our planet and its inhabitants,” the event page read. “Also, in case you hadn’t heard, Trump revoked protections for LGBTQ government employees and removed LGBTQ questions from the census.”

Firas Nasr told WUSA9 that the protesters are also concerned about the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. “His policies have in general worked to desecrate the environment movement,” Firas Nasr said. “We’re out here protesting the administration and the choices they are making,” Nasr explained. “Obviously, they chose him. Obviously, the Republican party stopped other candidates in the past. So, we’re here to protest that.” “The Republican party at large and specifically the administration should know that the queer community and the queer and trans community are watching,” Nasr said.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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