Black Trans Lives matter attracts 1000’s in Brooklyn, New York Metropolis

Thousands of protesters marched to the Brooklyn Museum in New York City on Sunday to support black transgender Americans.

Why it matters: The deaths in the past few days of two black transgender women who are being investigated as murders has sparked calls to fight transphobia, according to CBS News. Black trans women are “particularly at risk because of multiple types of discrimination,” Beverly Tillery of the LGBTQ + nonprofit NYC Anti-Violence Project told Time Magazine on Friday.

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“You are not only members of this community, but also black people, women and often poor. All discrimination means that people often lead lives that are only more prone to violence. You have a job that is weaker, you live in places who are weaker … people look at you and they don’t care about your existence and they don’t value your life “- excerpt from Tilly’s comments on Time

  • According to Orion Rummler of Axios, transgender people, as part of the LGBTQ + community, face numerous legal challenges from the Trump administration to weaken protection against discrimination in the workplace and healthcare.
  • On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services established a rule to remove protection for transgender people, set up under the Affordable Care Act.

Details: Speakers at the Brooklyn event included the family of Layleen Polanco – a transgender woman whose death in custody on Rikers Island last year sparked an outcry from LGBTQ + activists and bail advocates, according to NBC News.

  • Polanco was “arrested for assault last April and held on $ 500 bail on a 2017 prostitution charge,” NBC reports.
  • Polanco’s family filed an unlawful death lawsuit after surveillance cameras showed the guards spent about 90 minutes trying to wake them up before calling for help.

Remarkable: Violence caused at least 26 transgender or gender-abuse deaths in the United States in 2019, the majority of whom were black transgender women, according to Human Rights Watch

  • Days before the demonstration, police opened separate investigations into the murder of two black women – Riah Milton in Ohio and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells in Philadelphia.

Go deeper: HHS is resetting protection of transgender health care in the Obama era

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