First, here’s what people are saying on Twitter, including some clips from the protest.
“The sign itself isn’t being inclusive,” Jonathan Dallas, who is openly nonbinary, told the outlet. “And it’s not the representation of Medford.” Dallas brought up, for example, their concern that someone might follow them and “try something” while they’re just trying to walk down the street like everybody else.
In speaking to Wicked Local, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn, who participated with about 30 or 40 other people in the protest, said they rallied together to show that “Medford is a place where people should feel safe, accepted, and that they belong equally.” Lungo-Koehn added that the message the church is trying to push is unacceptable.
On the flip side, Hawkins insists it’s “almost hypocritical” that nonbinary folks can share their “world view” and the church “can’t.”
“The church is going out of their way to be hateful,” Greg Lane, a nonbinary person who participated in the protest told Wicked Local. “And even though we can’t change their mind, this is just the beginning of youth leadership in Medford.”
In addition to the mayor, Medford City Councilors Nicole Morell and Zac Bears, and mayoral candidate John Falco joined the protest, as reported by Boston.com.
You can check out some video coverage from the protest via YouTube below.