Muslims and LGBT community invited to hold hands outside Trump tower in Vancouver

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      For years, Vancouver activist Imtiaz Popat has tried to dispel perceptions that his religion, Islam, is somehow antigay.

      As the coordinator of the Salaam Vancouver, he's often brought queer Muslims together to advance human rights here at home and abroad.

      In that spirit, Popat has called on Muslims and queers to unite this weekend and join hands to combat Islamophobic and homophobic hysteria.

      The event will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday (June 19) outside the Trump tower (1161 West Georgia Street).

      Popat has organized the demonstration in response to presumptive Republican president candidate Donald Trump's claim that he has support from the LGBT community to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

      Trump's efforts to pit the LGBT community against Muslims came under fire recently from Vox writer Dylan Matthews. He likened this tactic to those of far-right extremists in Europe, such as Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders.

      Last year, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson called for the removal of Trump's name from the 63-storey hotel and residential building in the downtown core.

      In a letter, Robertson declared: "Donald Trump's hateful positions and commentary remind us all of much darker times in our world's past—and it is incumbent upon all of us to forcefully challenge hatred in all the ways that it confronts us."

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