Black trans people are more likely than their white counterparts to face employment discrimination and housing insecurity , and criminalization for their gender presentation under statues that permit police to profile people they think may be engaging in sex work. A staggering number of Black trans people — nearly half, according to a study from the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — have also been incarcerated. Those who sell sex face even greater criminalization and the possibility of violence at both the hands of the police and their clients. With historic protests for Black Trans Lives in Brooklyn and around the country on Sunday and a 6—3 decision from the Supreme Court making employment discrimination against queer and trans people illegal, there is growing momentum for change. My name is Milan Nicole Sherry, and I would like for you to write it just as that.
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At no point have black trans people shared fully in the gains of the L. This may be changing. Nala Toussaint, a trans activist and organizer. Transgender women of color were leaders in L. Though active in the Black Lives Matter movement from the beginning, they have not been prioritized there either. At no point have black trans people shared fully in the gains of racial justice or L. But now, as the two movements are pulled together by extraordinary circumstances — the protests sparked by the killings of George Floyd , Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery ; the killings of two black trans women, Dominique Fells and Riah Milton, shortly after a black trans man, Tony McDade, was killed by the police; a pandemic that has disproportionately affected people of color ; an economic crisis that has disproportionately affected trans people ; and a Supreme Court decision protecting gay and trans people from employment discrimination, all coming to a head during Pride month — black trans people are mobilizing more visibly than ever before.
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According to local authorities , Milton was shot and killed during a robbery in Liberty Township, Ohio, on June 9. Two people have been arrested and charged with her murder. A third man, Tyree Cross, has not been apprehended, according to local police. On Friday, her death was ruled a homicide and the investigation is still ongoing.
The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked outcries for justice in various communities across the nation and now black transgender individuals are also sharing stories of violence and prejudice. The black trans community was shocked following the death of Tony McDade, a black trans man in Florida on May McDade was killed by an officer with the Tallahassee Police Department who had been responding to a deadly stabbing incident and thought McDade matched the description of the suspect, according to local reports. According to the Human Rights Campaign, these are believed to be the 13th and 14th violent violent deaths of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year.