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Here's How Trans Liberation Tuesday Proved That #BlackTransLivesMatter

Because all transgender lives matter.

India Clarke. Penny Proud. Taja DeJesus.

Do you recognize these names? There’s a good chance you don’t, even as names like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox continue to impact how we view transgender women.

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

Dayton spoke up today about Black Trans Lives, THEY MATTER #BlackTransLiberationTuesday #BlackTransLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/B10D4gXzEu

— odette (@odettemayox) August 26, 2015

"It's time to show up for Trans women." #BlackTransLivesMatter #sf pic.twitter.com/QngYlATrCp

— T. Thorn Coyle (@ThornCoyle) August 26, 2015

Trans women of color and police violence. Whose lives matter? #TransLiberationTuesday http://t.co/zFGsiXmVln pic.twitter.com/KqJU9HiVv4

— BGD (@BlackGirlDanger) August 25, 2015

Out here in the name of our fallen trans sisters. #sayhername #transliberationtuesday pic.twitter.com/n7xzj7zbYp

— FIERCE (@FIERCENYC) August 25, 2015

Moved as a balloon was released as name of each murdered Trans woman was read at #DC #TransLiberationTuesday rally pic.twitter.com/Y8IY0Nte3j

— Kayley Whalen (@LenoreGore) August 26, 2015

"Reason we are here is 5 BlackTransWomen were murdered in one day & there was NO outrage!" #BlackTransLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/iZXA2OWn6A

— ChuckModi (@POPSspotSports) August 25, 2015

I'm here because people are still Invisible & It's No Longer Acceptable #SayHerName #BlackTransLivesMatter in DC pic.twitter.com/G3o6lPUFRY

— ChuckModi (@POPSspotSports) 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

I want Black trans women to be able live free! Free from fear and free from harm. #BlackTransLivesMatter #SayHerName

— Kim Moore (@SoulRevision) August 25, 2015

"Your life should not be in danger simply for being who you are." @Lavernecox #BlackTransLivesMatter #BlackTransLiberationTuesday

— Kath (@KLeyBrune) August 25, 2015

Let's celebrate trans women while they're alive (@transgenproject) instead of just in death #BlackTransLivesMatter #TransLiberationTuesday

— SocialJusticeFlower (@anthoknees) August 25, 2015