Thousands Rally Together in Brooklyn for Black Trans Lives Matter

Thousands Rally Together in Brooklyn for Black Trans Lives Matter

Thousands Rally Together in Brooklyn for Black Trans Lives Matter

"I believe in your power. I believe in our power. I believe in trans power."

"I believe in your power. I believe in our power. I believe in trans power."

Text: Michaela Zee

Thousands of demonstrators gathered around the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday in support of the black transgender community. Protestors joined together dressed in white as a symbol of unity and a homage to the 1917 NAACP’s Silent Protest Parade, one of the first public demonstrations held by African Americans in the fight for civil rights. 

The event, Brooklyn Liberation: An Action for Black Trans Lives, follows the murders of two black trans women last week — Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells, 27, and Riah Milton, 25. The protest also addressed the death of Layleen Polanco, a 27-year-old trans woman who died in solitary confinement on June 7 of last year after suffering from an epileptic seizure. The family of Layleen Polanco spoke at the Brooklyn rally this weekend. 

During the demonstration, black transgender activist Raquel Willis gave a speech and led protestors in a chant. 

“I believe in my power,” she said. “I believe in your power. I believe in our power. I believe in trans power.”

A march was held afterwards with black transgender women and event organizers — including The Okra Project and Marsha P. Johnson Institute — in front. 

"This was #BrooklynLiberation," Willis wrote. "This is just the start."

Credits: Photo: Michael Noble Jr. / Getty Images

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