WATCH: Human Rights Campaign projects banned CDC words onto Trump Hotel

At the end of last week, United States’ Center for Disease Control (CDC) received a list from the Trump administration of banned words.

The president and his team reportedly highlighted and banned seven words from future budget reports. The terms include: vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based.

CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald wrote a series of tweets saying there are no banned words.

I want to assure you there are no banned words at CDC. We will continue to talk about all our important public health programs.

— Dr Brenda Fitzgerald (@CDCDirector) December 17, 2017

In a later tweet, she called media reports a ‘mischaracterization’. However, many people wondered what exactly that meant and if there was a list at all.

While it remains unclear what exactly is happening at the CDC or what the Trump administration ordered, activists quickly condemned the ban. Both LGBTI activists and scientists spoke up about the danger of foregoing words like these.

The LGBT civil rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), was quick to respond.

Yesterday (19 December), they posted a live video to their Facebook.

The Trump-Pence Administration banned the CDC from using words like “transgender” and “diversity” in an effort to erase us. Tonight we met their attacks with a resolve to be louder and more visible than ever before, by partnering with artist Robin Bell to project every ‘banned word’ across the front of Trump’s DC Hotel. Our display concludes with a declaration from the LGBTQ community: “we will not be erased.”

Posted by Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

HRC worked with artist Robin Bell on the light installation.

As seen in the video, the reported banned words are project onto a building. The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., to be exact.

At the end of the display, they send a particular message to the Trump administration: ‘We will not be erased.’

Furthermore, HRC also filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Tuesday (19 December). They are requesting any documents of communication between the Trump administration and CDC from November 2016 to present.

Bell has worked on several light installations in his career. Previously, he’s made installations protesting both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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