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Protesters Rally for Trans Boys Booted from 'Boys Only' Skate Session

Protesters Rally for Trans Boys Booted from 'Boys Only' Skate Session

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Community members gathered in the rain at Super Skate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to protest the treatment of two trans boys who were kicked out of the rink.

Protesters came out to support trans rights on Saturday after Super Skate roller rink in Cedar Rapids, Iowa booted two trans boys from a "boys only" skate session recently, according to KCRG.

"I've been going to Super Skate my whole life so I was just really disappointed and sad," one of the trans boys said.

The young teens, who wish to remain anonymous, said that the DJ told them people had complained about their presence but added that they did not see anyone approach the DJ.

The protest was organized in order to demand an apology from the venue but also to send a message that LGBTQ people deserve equal treatment, according to Tommi Karma, a Cedar Rapids resident who organized the event.

"We are all part of this community and we all want to participate and we should all be treated with respect and dignity," Karma said. "The community will be here for these young men and anybody else who faces discrimination."

The move to force the boys out of Super Skate came after the revelation that the Trump administration plans to define gender strictly as male or female and determined by the genitals with which a person is born, thereby attempting to erase trans people out of existence.

A parent of one of the boys said she was "Upset. Hurt. Shocked." by Super Skate's discriminatory move.

"I don't even know how to describe it. I cried when I rolled into the parking lot," she said.

Super Skate has declined to comment on the incident, according to KCRG.

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