An anti-transgender ‘Free Speech Bus,’ which was the subject of protests and vandalism when it stopped in New York City last week, arrived in Boston on Thursday morning.
The bright orange bus was parked outside of City Hall around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, where it was greeted by protesters, one of whom threw a coffee at it, according to Boston Magazine. After the exchange, the bus moved on to the Massachusetts State House. Mayor Marty Walsh responded to the vehicle’s arrival by raising the transgender flag in City Hall Plaza.
— NOM (@NOMupdate) March 30, 2017
An ad plastered on the side of the bus reads: “It’s Biology: Boys are boys… and always will be. Girls are girls… and always will be. You can’t change sex. Respect all.”
The Free Speech Bus toured New York City late last week, where it was met with fierce opposition from LGBT activists. According to USA Today, vandals keyed the bus and damaged its windows. The words “Trans Rights” and “Trans Liberation” were also spray painted on the vehicle.
Some opponents compared the bus to the infamous ‘Nazi Hate’ bus, which traveled across the nation in 1961.
— Abbi Matheson (@AbbiMatheson) March 30, 2017
Boston stands for love & acceptance. At 12:30pm, please join me as I raise the transgender flag on City Hall Plaza in a show of solidarity.
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) March 30, 2017
A transgender pride flag is flying over City Hall Plaza today in a display of solidarity for love & acceptance. pic.twitter.com/KiV1uOClQ6
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) March 30, 2017
The bus, which is co-sponsored by several conservative groups, will head to New Haven, Connecticut on Friday.