FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — In response to a number of “anti-LGBTQ” bills being introduced in the Indiana statehouse, Thad Gerardot and his husband Travis Gerardot organized a rally Saturday afternoon at the Allen County Courthouse.
Title, ‘No Hate in our State,’ the rally looks to bring awareness to the aforementioned bills.
“This past session here in Indiana, the state legislature has introduced over two dozen anti-LGBTQ laws, triple the amount of any other session in the past,” Thad said. “That’s what this is all about, to support the LGBTQ community.”
Some of those bills include SB 480, which would prohibit gender transition procedures for minors, and SB 12, which would give parents the opportunity to submit complaints about inappropriate library books in order to have them banned.
When asked about their reaction to bills, Travis told WANE 15 that they angered him.
“My gut reaction is just anger,” Travis said. “These bills are essentially saying that we don’t belong here.”
The rally was held at the Allen County Courthouse in opposition to the bills. Demonstrators say the make focus of the rally was to support the LGBTQ community. Per a release, attendees were joined by dozens of business owners who agreed to display Pride flags this weekend in support of the LGBTQ community.