By Maggie Mallon. Photos: Getty Images.
In her informal role as an advisor to her father, Ivanka Trump was described by friends as being his "eyes and ears," despite not being an actual federal employee. With the news of the elder Trump daughter taking an official job in the White House, it should come as no surprise that anti-Trump activists are looking to the First Daughter to make sure they're both seen and heard. And they're doing so in one of the most visible ways possible: by dancing right outside her front door.
The Huffington Post reports that a coalition of queer activists—led by the nonprofit group WERK for Peace—are planning to take Ivanka's Washington, D.C. neighborhood by storm on Saturday and host a combination dance party and protest to speak out against Donald Trump's LGBTQ and environmental policies.
Though Ivanka has said she supports LGBTQ rights and wants to "speak out" against climate change, her father's executive actions contradict her own alleged position. In the 70 days since Trump took office, he's weakened protections for LGBTQ government employees, revoked anti-discrimination rules for transgender students, rolled back Obama-era climate policies, proposed major funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, and renewed construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“We can’t let Ivanka trick our communities into supporting and legitimizing her. We will show up to her home because the bad decisions of the Trump administration hit us in our daily lives, in our homes, and the nature we surround ourselves with,” co-organizer Carla Aronsohn told The Huffington Post.
This is not the first WERK for Peace dance party of the Trump administration. In January, the group hosted a "glitter-filled, rainbow-filled extravaganza" outside the former home of the Vice President intended to "send a clear message to Mike Pence and other homophobic and transphobic individuals that this bigotry will not be tolerated in our country." A similar event was held several weeks later outside of the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“If Ivanka Trump isn’t gaslighting us," Aronsohn added, "Then she should come into the streets and werk it!”
And since Rex Tillerson just so happens to live in Ivanka's neighborhood, WERK for Peace hopes that the Secretary of State will join them in their plan, as detailed on their Facebook event, "to shake what your Mamma Earth gave ya and WERK it for climate justice."
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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