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This teenager’s response to anti-transgender viral photo is spot on

"I was frustrated, but decided to use humor rather than waste my energy on people who clearly don’t understand what they’re against," says Alexander.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: May 20, 2016 6:13:15 pm
Source: Twitter Source: Twitter

A few days ago, a photo went viral on social media wherein four students held anti-transgender placards that said “get your agenda out of my restroom”, “there are only two genders” and “Transgenderism is a mental disorder”. The picture was vehemently opposed by many and defended by some on social media. However, a response by Twitter user Ian Alexander has won the Internet.

“SHUT THE F**K UP” he held the message and juxtaposed his photo with the one of the students’.

Alexander, reportedly a 15-year-old trans saw the photo on Twitter while at work and immediately responded. His tweet has been retweeted over 11,000 times and has been liked by more than 16,000 users.

“I was frustrated, but decided to use humor rather than waste my energy on people who clearly don’t understand what they’re against,” Alexander Told Buzzfeed.

The photo was taken at a speaking event entitled “An Encroachment on Liberty: How the Left Exploits Transgender Laws,” which was hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

UCLA’s student government released a statement on Facebook saying that they always encourage the environment to be more inclusive. “Every individual has the right to freedom of speech yet it must not be exercised in centering on hate and discrimination,” they wrote.

Bruin Republicans at UCLA also took to Facebook to say that “We neither endorse or condemn the positions laid out by our members in a recent viral Facebook post…their posts are their own opinions.”

On free speech, Alexander told Buzzfeed, “I figure if they have their freedom of speech, I might as well lessen the blow by using mine as well.”

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