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From the start, Black Lives Matter has been about LGBTQ lives

Two of three Black Lives Matter founders identify as queer.

6/21/2020 11:20:00 PM

From the start, Black Lives Matter has been about LGBTQ lives.

Two of three Black Lives Matter founders identify as queer.

"We are a prime target because of our Blackness, and our intersectionality of being trans adds an extra target on our backs," said Jonovia Chase, co-lead organizer of House Lives Matter, a community organization composed of sexual- and gender-minority people of color.

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Chase said that although Black Lives Matter was"created by queer folks, [cisgender] privilege has taken precedent over gay and transgender people."While Chase and other LGBTQ advocates of color clearly condemn the deaths of George Floyd, Amaud Arbuery and countless other cisgender Black men, they're also quick to call attention to other acts of violence against Black LBGTQ people that garner less national media attention.

Jonovia Chase, center, honors native land in an opening ceremony led by Graciela Tibiaquira at the Juneteenth Jubilee.Jonovia Chase, center, honors native land in an opening ceremony led by Graciela Tibiaquira at the Juneteenth Jubilee.Anja MatthesThey often point to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, a trans woman of color, who helped kickstart the LGBTQ rights movement following the Stonewall uprising of the 1960s only to watch as many hard-fought rights and privileges benefited white gay men and women but weren't extended to people like them. headtopics.com

"It's another example about how the Black queer community has been in the forefront leading, however, we're not being seen or heard or valued," Chase added.MORE: Timeline: Inside the investigation of Breonna Taylor's killing and its aftermath

However, organizers say there are clear signs times are changing, and that Black LGBTQ voices are increasingly taking center stage in nationwide conversations about race, discrimination and police violence.In recent weeks, people have turned out in never-before-seen numbers to support the LGBQT community of color -- and especially Black transgender people.

Last week in Brooklyn, an estimated 15,000 people turned out for a demonstration called The Black Trans Lives Matter rally, aka"Brooklyn Liberation," making it one of the largest transgender-focused protests in history, according to the organizers.

Protesters stand in solidarity with transgender people at the Juneteenth Jubilee in Harlem.Protesters stand in solidarity with transgender people at the Juneteenth Jubilee in Harlem.Anja MatthesIn Los Angeles, tens of thousands more gathered in Hollywood for the All Black Lives Matter protest, intended to be inclusive and centered on LGBTQ members of BLM. headtopics.com

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And on Juneteenth, to celebrate the day the last enslaved people were informed of their freedom, celebrations across the country sought"intersectional" celebrations of the Black experience in the United StatesIn Harlem, in New York City, hundreds gathered for a massive celebration of music and art intended to"lift up and center Black Queer and Trans folks" in an event co-organized by The Blacksmiths, Intersectional Voices Collective and the Wide Awakes.

MORE: What do terms like systemic racism, microaggression and white fragility mean?"More people are also becoming educated and intentional at this moment," said Niama Safia Sandy, who's on the steering committee of The Blacksmiths, a coalition of artists, curators, culture producers and organizers committed to Black liberation and equality.

"It is just not possible to turn a blind eye away from these things any more," Sandy said.Dancers gather at St. Nicholas park in Harlem for the Juneteenth Jubilee.Dancers gather at St. Nicholas park in Harlem for the Juneteenth Jubilee.Anja Matthes

Clad in face masks and handing out hand sanitizer, hundreds turned out to dance, sing and march along historic Black landmarks on a hot day Harlem.Eventually, the parade-like crowd landed at St. Nicholas Park, where members of New York City's ballroom community greeted protestors with elaborate voguing performances, a dancing style born in the queer ballroom scene that has since been popularized by Madonna, Rihanna and Ariana Grande. headtopics.com

"It's rare that we get opportunities to come together as a Black community and specifically center the trans and queer community," said Chase, who helped organize the Juneteenth celebration in Harlem.MORE: Seattle Trader Joe's employees claim company closed store due to their support of Black Lives Matter

During one performance, model and poet Linda LaBeija, a member of the House Ballroom community, read a spoken-word poem called,"Vogue, bitch," to a thunderous crowd of more than 300 people."How many of those beacons of light must we lose along the way?" LaBeija asked the crowd, referring to the Black trans women who have been the victims of violence.

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Cotton Juicy Couture performs a stylized dance called 'voguging' for those gathered for the Juneteenth Jubilee at St. Nicholas park in Harlem. "It was so fun and liberating to finally vogue in front of a crowd after [social distancing] for a long time," he said.

Cotton Juicy Couture performs a stylized dance called 'voguging' for those gathered for the Juneteenth Jubilee at St. Nicholas park in Harlem. "It was so fun and liberating to finally vogue in front of a crowd after [social distancing] for a long time," he said.

Anja MatthesAnd as Black Lives Matter protesters continue to remember George Floyd and others killed at the hands of police, LaBeija asked,"Are you including Black trans women in that list of Black names?"As a Black transgender woman, Deja Smith said she's learned the hard way how difficult life can be for people like her in the United States.

"It has been a struggle most of the way here," said Smith, a founding member of the Intersectional Voices Collective and director of makeup artistry for DDPRO."But over the last three to five years things have started to ease up, leading to this moment today where I just thought I would never see a crowd of Black, queer and trans people of like minds, getting along, and speaking to our ancestry."

Smith credits the founders of Black Lives Matter for creating space for LGBTQ voices from the start. Read more: ABC News »

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You don’t like the way things are going so you quit? Probably better that way. Lmao you are a joke. Haha ... No All trans lives matter. ABC NEWS IS NO LONGER AN UNBIASED TRUSTWORTHY NEWS ORGANIZATION ANYMORE. THEY ARE THE MOUTHPIECE, OF THE ANTI- AMERICAN HARD LEFT IN THIS COUNTRY. LYING CONSTANTLY EVERY DAY. THEIR FCC LICENSE SHOULD BE REVOKED IMMEDIATELY !

BLM=Communism What if they vote Trump? KennethHowardC3 BULLSHIT total lies they are a commie front. Does anyone ,even hard core liberals , believe this mickey mouse crap I dunno know about. I know a lot of black people. And the alphabet people are definitely NOT the vibe. Dang it man!!! There’s another acronym I’ve got to memorize.

Asked repeatedly to say 'Black lives matter,' Mike Pence says 'all lives matter'Vice President Mike Pence declined to say the words 'Black lives matter' during an interview with an ABC affiliate in Pennsylvania on Friday, instead saying that 'all lives matter.' He’s right. No race is better than any other race. All lives matter means blacks, Asians, Hispanics, whites etc. You Dont Tell The Vice President What To Do ! CNN triggered in 3...2...1.........

So BLM members who are anti LGBTQ muslims are...... 🙄 Nah that’s that gay shit my b It’s about raising money While waiting for paycheck to paycheck you, you can earn more than $8500 in a week, you don’t send money to anyone, ask me how. Email:laurahops666gmail.com Yeah... that's not what it says. Not in the title of the movement. And, we've ALL BEEN TOLD... that saying 'ALL LIVES MATTER' is racist AF... So, don't go jumping on the LGBTQ bandwagon, BLM, for sensationalist coverage from a shit organization like ABC. DefundABC DefundCNN

Most black people don’t care about LGBTQ in any capacity and mostly share conservative values They matter too! But one problem gotta be solved before another one can.

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Ehh The Marxist queers are enjoined with the Marxist BLM. A symbiotic relationship of a bunch of goons the media is demanding we bow down to. And look at all the mouthbreathers willing to do it. George Floyd was trans? I did not know that. Agree abc we have been manipulated by the left from the beginning. It's too bad more of us don't see it like you do. Great job of reporting the truth. Every life under god matters. Period.

So now BLM is going to gin up baseless hate in the LGBTQ community and incite riots and looting that destroy their neighborhoods too? BLM is equal opportunity terrorists! Narrative pivot. This is classic. It’s become common to be criticized for saying “all lives matter”. So stand in line L, B, G and T. You too Q.

No they haven’t... So. 'All Lives Matter?' Pence was right.

Pressed Repeatedly To Say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ Mike Pence Says ‘All Lives Matter’A Philadelphia news anchor asked the vice president point-blank on Friday -- Juneteenth -- whether he’d be willing to say the words. he could care less Close enough.

Who cares honestly We aint go for all that in the community🥴 Not true. I believe it. Its all bullshit. I think blacklivesmatter should be considered a Terrorist org. Along with the lgbtq and AntifaDomesticTerrorists Incorrect. - It was and always will be about Marxism! Sanity goes blind on a buisy street!

Really? What if the person is a gay, black conservative? It's all 100% Marxism. Period. Yes and MARXIST

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So .... now it’s okay to not be inclusive? 🙄 The struggle is REAL. Must be true the media was well behaved when covering them. Wondering why the confession?🤔 There is no God in the United States. They are cursed. Is that on the fine print, or what? Can we be trans racial now? can everyone just be black and eliminate all racism?

Why the hell are they protesting black trans lives matter? Most attacks I see against a black LGBTQ person is done by a group of black guys. They should go to predominantly black neighborhoods and go protests. Dumbasses Plus they are ok with guns... strange images ...And radical leadership 'I'm just here to protect the people' | Armed BLM protesters take part in permanent vigil around Confederate general Robert E. Lee's statue, in Richmond, Virginia Courtesy: Ruptly

Coronavirus surges aren't linked to George Floyd, policing, Black Lives Matter protestsProtests were as common in places with surging coronavirus cases as in others. However, new spikes are in places with a lower rate of spread so far. Black people had sense enough to protest with masks on unlike chump's klan base Will it be gone when every business goes bankrupt ?

Queer? Uh... is that no longer a derogatory term? Man how the PC’s change their rules like most people change their socks. Have you checked this link Fakenews BlackLivesMatter will loose my support. The transgender community is full of delusion and that’s a mental health problem. You can’t change chromosomes. The issue with racism far out weighs supporting someone’s need to be different. Your are not a woman if you weren’t born one

Was George Floyd gay? BLM-Peace of Power? My baby just gave me her poopy face indicating she would like a diaper change. She was able to communicate with what she wants from me better than any BLM supporter has. They’re Communists

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