Saturday, July 15, 2017

"Stop Killing Black Trans Women"

The terror hit really close to home recently when a transgender woman was attacked with candles and hit with a metal baseball bat in D.C. And just a few days before that, a local trans woman was attacked with fireworks on the fourth of July. The incidents created a public outcry. Dozens of people gathered at Freedom Plaza on the hottest day of the summer to protest transphobia in the District.

These are some photos from that protest and some stories from the attendees.

"Trans women of color are human beings and we love them. We need to protect anyone that we love." -Sheva Diagne (middle), 31, DC

"The anger poured out against trans women is misguided. Trans women are not the problem. We are living our own lives. The problem with not having enough quality jobs, not having affordable housing in the black community, social services that are being slashed by the Trump administration...that is not a transgender problem. We could be part of the solution as opposed to taking it out on us." 
-Dee Curry, 62, DC

"It's terrible that we have to rally and feel that we have no other options for safety but ourselves." 
-Monroe Poston, 30, DC

How does it make you feel when you hear about violent attacks against trans women of color? 
"Sad and scared, especially as another trans person. Trans women of color have it much worse than trans men but it makes me sad." -Annis Roberts-Terry, 21, DC

"No pride in police violence. No pride in police violence." 

Protesters chant "No Justice, No Pride," down Pennsylvania Ave in solidarity with Transgender women of color who have been victims of violent crime in recent weeks.

"I think if we had more dialog, it would decrease the phobia people have against transgender people, homosexual people and all of that." -Star Clark, 32, Maryland 

"We want an intersectional movement that represents all people." -Ntebo Mokuena, 21, Maryland
"Silence is violence because it creates an environment where catcalling, misgendering, name-calling, these little micro aggressions are acceptable. And it creates a culture where it okay." -Lourdes Ashley Hunter, 41, DC
Sign: "This whole d*** cis-tem is guilty as hell."

"No one talks about trans issues and we are drawing attention to something that is often overlooked. No one pays attention to the deaths of trans women of color." 
-Ale Jacinto, they/them pronouns, 26, Chicago

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