Protesters gathered in New York on Friday, May 24th, to honour the transgender women who got killed this year and to urge the government to withdraw Trump's proposals to reverse transgender rights
"Black Lives Matter" and "We Will Not Be Erased" were heard a lot on Friday, following the increasing amount of violence against transgender people in the United States. This growth is mainly found in attacks against transgender women of colour; five black, transgender women have been killed since the beginning of 2019.
According to a report from the Human Rights campaign, 26 transgender women were killed in 2018. However, the number of deaths is even higher: because the police often identify victims based on their gender at birth rather than the person's gender identity, the statistics are rarely accurate. It is also suspected that many incidents are not even reported.
Among the protesters who participated in the "Keep Your Hands Off Trans Bodies" movement in Washington Square Park, five people - completely veiled and dressed in white - stood still while holding photographs of the transgender women who had been killed in recent months. In the meantime, the crowd waved signs and shouted, "Justice! Speak out, stand up for black trans women. "
"I am tired of my sisters being killed," protest leader Tanya Asapana-Johnson Walker shouted to the 200 demonstrators who attended the event.