India Clarke. Penny Proud. Taja DeJesus.
What Clarke, Proud, and DeJesus have in common isn’t just that they were transgender women who lost their lives this year -- they're among at least 18 in 2015 that were tragically murdered -- but also that they lost their lives for being transgender women of color.
Of course, a “tragedy” can only be called that for so long, until it's finally time to do something about it. That’s why on Tuesday (Aug. 25), Black Lives Matter organizers held a series of protests and rallies across the United States, hoping to draw attention to the horrific violence and discrimination that transgender women of color experience on a daily basis.
Events were held in over 20 cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. But even those who couldn’t attend in person were able to show support online with the hashtags #BlackTransLivesMatter and #TransLiberationTuesday. Here’s just a little bit of what happened, in the hopes of making a big impact.
Today is a National Day of Action in support of Black trans women. pic.twitter.com/LKle5erar0— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) August 25, 2015
I'm still quite unaware to the issues Black trans folk deal with, but I'm committed learning, listening, and growing. #BlackTransLivesMatter— #ArmedNAware (@SankofaBrown) August 25, 2015