15,000 March for Black Trans Lives & Global News

by Debra Brown

Black Trans Lives Matter
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


15,000 March for Black Trans Lives

A massive Black Trans Lives Matter rally erupted in New York City days after two trans women, Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, were found dead within 24-hours of each other.

Thousands of people packed into the area of Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn Sunday in a march for Black trans lives. The rally was organized by several groups including Marsha P. Johnson Institute, The Okra Project, and Black Trans Femmes in the Arts. Organizers asked people to wear white and masks. 

Several activists spoke at the rally, advocating for the protection of Black trans people, who are often the victims of anti-trans violence in the U.S. and experience homelessness at disproportionate rates, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The Brooklyn rally comes in the wake of nationwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality, along with Pride month. 

Here’s how to help the families of both Milton and Fells


Justice for Oluwatoyin Salau

The Tallahassee Police Department announced the death of Black Lives Matter activist Oluwatoyin Salau, a major voice in the city’s demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd. Salau, 19, had gone missing on Saturday, June 6, hours after a series of tweets in which she described being sexually assaulted that morning.

Nine days after she went missing, investigators reported that they found Salau’s body, along with the body of 75-year-old AARP volunteer Victoria Sims in Southeast Tallahassee. Sims was reported missing earlier on Saturday. The Florida AARP wrote that Ms. Sims “worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others” on their Facebook page. Police have not stated where or how they were killed, or any connection between the two victims.

Police state that they have taken a 49-year-old man, Aaron Glee Jr., into custody, though no other details about his detainment have been released.


UN Issues Desperate Plea for Financial Aid in Yemen

The United Nations has warned that three-quarters of the aid programs backed by its agencies in war-ravaged Yemen will have to shutter in weeks without more funding, even as both COVID-19 and cholera continue to spread in the country facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemen’s long-running conflict has killed more than an estimated 100,000 people and displaced millions of others. Around 24 million Yemenis, more than two-thirds of the population, rely on some form of aid.

The world body’s children agency, UNICEF, said water, sanitation, and hygiene services for four million people would start shutting down in July if it did not get $30m by the end of this month.

Here’s how to help. 


U.S. Supreme Court Backs Protection for LGBT Workers

The top court in the US has ruled that employers who fire workers for being gay or transgender are breaking the country’s civil rights laws.

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court said federal law, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, should be understood to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex as well as gender, race, color, national origin, and religion.

Lawyers for the employers had argued that the authors of the 1964 Civil Rights Act had not intended it to apply to cases involving sexual orientation and gender identity. The Trump administration sided with that argument.


Israel Plans to Annex West Bank Territories 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to annex parts of the occupied West Bank next month, with support from the U.S.

They declared last month they’re no longer bound by the 1990s-era peace accords that govern Israeli-Palestinian relations, and have begun refusing to coordinate with Israel on matters of daily Palestinian life, from tax collection to policing to cancer treatments.

The growing consensus among Palestinian intellectuals is that Jewish settlement growth in the West Bank has left no room for a viable Palestinian state, and that the only option is one state for Israelis and Palestinians with equal rights for all. That would mean ending the idea of a Jewish state. 


Trump Administration Reverses Health Protections for Transgender People

The Trump administration has finalized a regulation rolling back Obama-era protections for transgender Americans against sex discrimination in health care.

According to the new version of the policy, the Department of Health and Human Services will be “returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology”.

The Obama regulation defined gender as a person’s internal sense of being male, female, neither or a combination.

The policy shift would allow healthcare providers and insurance companies that receive federal funding to refuse to provide or cover transition-related care for trans-Americans.

The administration also has moved to restrict military service by trans men and women, proposed allowing certain homeless shelters to take gender identity into account in offering someone a bed for the night, and concluded in a 2017 justice department memo that federal civil rights law does not protect trans people from discrimination at work.


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