As more and more people take to the streets demanding justice for Black lives lost to police violence, the protests are also beginning to shed light on an "epidemic" of violence waged against Black transgender people.
Last week, two Black transgender women, Riah Milton and Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, were killed within a 24-hour period. Their untimely deaths follow the high-profile police killing of Tony McDade, a Black transgender man who was shot by police, and Nina Pop, a Black transgender woman who was stabbed to death.
As the Trump administration attempts to revoke health care protections for transgender people in the United States, the transgender and gender nonconforming community faces disproportionate and fatal violence at the hands of strangers, abusive partners, and police—a vulnerability heightened through transphobia-motivated brutality or vulnerability to unemployment, poverty, lack of housing, and more. Last year, the Human Rights Campaign found at least 26 deaths of transgender people, the majority of whom were Black women. This year, at least 14 transgender or gender nonconforming people have been killed.
People across the world are fighting back against transphobic cruelty. In Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday, 15,000 people donning white participated in a silent march for Black trans lives, a historic protest dubbed Brooklyn Liberation by organizers.
— Tim Fitzgerald (@tim__fitzgerald) June 14, 2020
Today’s #BrooklynLiberation protest and march for #BlackTransLivesMatter #BLM #BlackLivesMatter
This 👀 view from across the apt!! #brooklynprotests #march #rally #protest #nyc pic.twitter.com/PcuTr8vNPU
— Alfredo Macias (@Alfredo11Macias) June 14, 2020
now do y'all understand why i have been trying to get us to think beyond the rainbow stuff lmao pic.twitter.com/5ET3JMWIvp
— Fran Tirado (@fransquishco) June 15, 2020
Beyond attending protests, if you are able to, there's still much more work to be done. Below, a sample of places you can put your money where your mouth is in order to support, protect, and uplift Black trans lives.
Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, an Atlanta-based organization working toward abolition, provides financial support, organizing and direct action training, an internship program, and more to the LGBTQ+ community. Donate Here
Performer Sav Souza is currently raising money to provide Black trans and gender nonconforming people with binders. Donate Here
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