The National Center for Transgender Equality, NCTE, and the Human Rights Campaign gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington Monday for a #WontBeErased rally. On Wednesday night in Portland, hundreds turned out to protest a policy proposed by the administration of President Donald Trump to define a person's gender by what appears on the birth certificate. Credit: Carolyn Kaster | AP

More than 300 people filled Portland’s Monument Square Wednesday night to protest a policy being considered by the administration of President Donald Trump to define gender by what appears on a person’s birth certificate, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The measure promises to deny federal recognition and potentially civil rights protections for transgender people or anyone who does not identify as either male or female.

News of the proposed policy has drawn swift condemnation by the transgender community and supporters.

Ollie McGowan, organizer of the Portland rally, told the Press Herald they were surprised by the turnout, saying they “thought 50 people might show up.”

“I fear for the potential of what could happen if this were to become law,” attendee Kat Pyburn, holding a sign that read “TransRights are Human Rights,” told the newspaper. “The opportunity for discrimination is just too great and that frightens me. Life is already difficult enough.”

Another rally against the proposed policy is being planned for Friday at 6 p.m. outside Bangor City Hall.

Tonight was amazing! Thank you everyone for coming and speaking your voice! I want to shoutout all the volunteers who…

Posted by Ollie McGowan on Wednesday, 24 October 2018

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.