The ‘Trans Day of Vengeance’ rally, which was originally scheduled for April 1st in Washington DC, has been cancelled by organizers. Our Rights DC, the group behind the protest, claim the cancellation is due to a “credible threat to life and safety.”
“This action will not be taking place Saturday due to a credible threat to life and safety,” the group posted to their official Twitter account. “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.”
“Individuals who had nothing to with that heinous act have been subjected to highly serious threats and blamed only because of their gender identity,” the group added. “This is one of the steps in genocide, and we will continue our efforts to protect trans lives.”
On Tuesday, Twitter began deleting tweets that featured a poster promoting the event, claiming the image could incite violence.
“We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them,” wrote “Vengeance” does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok,” Irwin wrote Ella Irwin, Twitter’s head of trust and safety.