USA: Black Trans Lives Matter protest attracts thousands of New Yorkers

Thousands of Black Trans Lives Matter protesters took part in a march through the streets of New York on Sunday. The event marked the beginning of the 50th anniversary of Pride celebrations. Thousands of protesters were waving Black Trans Lives Matter banners and pride flags in Manhattan, before they rallied at the Triumph of the Human Spirit sculpture at Foley Square, to show their support for the black LGBT+ community during the celebrations of Pride month as well as to demand an end to systematic racism. «How are you using your resources beyond today? Outside of a [social media] 'like,' outside of a share, or a post. How are you showing up? How are you listening to us when we're telling you we're grieving, when we're telling you we need support?,» asked Olympia Perez, Black Trans Media content director. Signs calling for the demilitarisation of «racist NYPD» and justice for George Floyd also appeared at the march. Anti-racism protests have swept the world following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of police in the US on May 25.

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