GREENSBORO, N.C. — Activists and organizers with a variety of local and regional organizations will stage a Valentine’s Day demonstration today for queer and immigrant rights.

The “Love in the Streets/Amor en las Calles” demonstration is being organized by a coalition of groups, including Southerners on New Ground (SONG), El Cambio, A&T Pride, Queer People of Color Collective of Greensboro, the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network, We Are in NC and Cakalak Thunder.

“We are doing this to push back against violence, against people who disrespect us or do not allow us to be honest about who we are and who we love,” SONG organizer Jess St. Louis said in a release. “We push back against racism, against the police and immigration officers who try to tear us apart. We are moving towards what we need and want–towards each other.”

The protest will bring together undocumented immigrant activists LGBT and queer people and their supporters who are “calling for people‚Äôs freedom to live their lives with dignity and free of harassment, policing, detention, incarceration, and deportation.”

Demonstrators will use personal stories, street theater, creative props, signs and costumes to share their message.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Demonstrators will meet next to Natty Greene’s pub at the corner of Elm and McGee Sts. in downtown Greensboro. The demonstration will then process through downtown.

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Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.