Thousands across US march for black and trans lives as Trump erases trans rights
Thousands of people have protested for black and LGBT lives as the Trump administration erased trans health protections.
The US Department of Health and Human Services announced the roll back to protections for LGBTQ+ patients under the Affordable Care Act on Friday. The previous rule banned doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against trans patients.
The decision came mid way through Pride month and on the fourth anniversary of the massacre at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
But over the weekend, huge crowds joined LGBT+ Black Lives Matter protests across the US.
Los Angeles: Rainbow road declares ‘All Black Lives Matter’
Thousands joined a protest on Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard. Black LGBT+ activists painted the road with the words ‘All Black Lives Matter’ in rainbow colors.
Meanwhile some activists gathered around President Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame and demanded he leaves office.
The large and peaceful crowd finally marched to West Hollywood denouncing racial injustice and supporting LGBTQ rights.
A newly-formed Black LGBTQIA Advisory Board Council had organized the protest. Initially Christopher Street West, organizers of LA Pride had planned a solidarity march.
However, they pulled out after a backlash. People complained they sought a police permit for the event and didn’t reach out to Black Lives Matter before announcing their march.
Boston: Black lives and Transgender Emergency Fund
Thousands also gathered in Boston to raise awareness for transgender rights and black trans rights in particular.
Protesters carried ‘Black Trans Lives Matter’ signs at the Trans Resistance Vigil and March, which kicked off at Franklin Park.
But they also donated to Massachusetts’ Transgender Emergency Fund, which helps low income and homeless trans people.
Chastity Bowick, executive director of the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts, shared a personal story about problems with the police.
Bowick said: ‘My own history with the police is not great.
‘Seven years ago when the trans emergency fund tried to save my life after leaving an abusive relationship — tried to call the police — they said this is not domestic violence. This is two men having a disagreement. I am not a man. I am a woman.’
New York: Huge crowds at Brooklyn Museum
Organizers couldn’t estimate the number of protestors, but it seems thousands rallied for Black Trans Lives Matter at the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday.
After two hours of speeches, organizers and black trans women led the protest march north.
Chicago: Drag March for Change
There were thousands at the Drag March for Change too in Chicago’s LGBT+ district – Boystown.
The event on Sunday saw speakers talk about their problems accessing Boystown where some feel unwelcome because of their race.
Organizer Joe Lewis said: ;All black lives matter, and that includes queer black lives, and trans black lives. We just had to get out there and make sure that was part of the conversation.’
San Antonio and El Paso, Texas: ‘Educate ourselves’
Meanwhile the protests were not just limited to the US’s major cities. Both San Antonio and El Paso in Texas held LGBT+ solidarity marches for Black Lives Matter over the weekend.
Amari Decor, a black trans woman, was one of the protestors in San Antonio on Saturday.
She said: ‘I’ve experienced discrimination within my own culture, not wanting to be accepting of me. My culture feels that it’s not OK to be trans, or it’s not OK to be feminine.
‘I feel that it’s important to be able to educate ourselves and understand those who we may not normally hang out with, those we might not normally get to know.’
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Author: Tris Reid-Smith