The drag queen community in the U.K. is prepping for a protest to welcome President Donald Trump on his July 13 visit to London.
More than 1,000 people are confirmed to attend a Facebook event titled “Drag Protest Against Trump UK Visit.” Another 7,000 are listed as “interested” in the event.
“Due to the appalling way the Trump administration has regarded the rights and welfare of LGBTQI communities of the US, the idea of a Trump visit to the UK is unacceptable,” the event page reads. “Let’s get visible, stand with our sister’s, brothers and others in America, and show that we are a country that celebrates diversity.”
The drag protest plans to meet up with a larger protest that has more than 43,000 confirmed attendees with more than 123,000 people interested in attending.
Cheddar Gorgeous, one of the event’s organizers, explained in an op-ed for the Guardian that the drag protest is “in solidarity with the many other groups who feel marginalized along lines of race, class and gender.”
“Despite claiming on the campaign trail to be ‘gay-friendly,’ the Trump administration has unleashed a barrage of policies and amendments that demonstrate the contrary,” Gorgeous writes. “To not object to the visit would seem like a betrayal of the tolerant society that the UK as a whole strives to be.”
“There’s also a broad issue around visibility,” Gorgeous adds. “There’s a wider point to be made about an attack on diversity. Diversity is becoming a scapegoat by the Trump administration and the people who support it.”