Black Lives Matter means Black Trans Lives Matter.
On Sunday, June 14, about 15,000 people took to the streets of NYC to protest violence against Black trans people and stand in solidarity with the community.
The event was titled “Brooklyn Liberation,” and according to its website many groups joined to organize the rally, including the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, The Okra Project, Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, For the Gworls, and G.L.I.T.S. (Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society).
The group met outside the Brooklyn Museum, in the plaza which is a public space (the museum was not part of the event). Participants were asked to wear white, a historical nod to the 1917 “Silent Protest Parade” organized by the NAACP where 10,000 people wore white to stand against anti-Black violence, according to GQ.
Speakers included activist and writer Raquel Willis, Founder/CEO of G.L.I.T.S Ceyenne Doroshow, Ianne Fields Stewart from The Okra Project, and more. The gathering was organized as a call for justice for the violent deaths of Black trans people, as well as a march against recent obstructions of civil rights. Willis wrote on Instagram, “WE WILL RALLY because jail officials at Rikers Island laughed at an AfroLatina trans woman minutes before she died. Two Black trans women were reported murdered in the last 48 hours. A trans man was killed by Tallahassee police. And the Trump administration has repealed protections for our access to healthcare.”
The day after the rally (Monday), news broke of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling that will protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination in the workplace.
See these powerful moments and the sheer number of those marching for Black trans rights this weekend here:
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