This year, Pride month is taking place in the midst of a growing Black Lives Matter revolution — so there’s no better time to amplify the importance of trans Black lives, as was done last weekend in a massive show of support in Brooklyn and as will happen with a similar demonstration in London on Saturday. To keep it going, Yahoo Life spoke with some of the activists who have been advocating for Black trans visibility for years.

Elle Hearns, founder and the executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, explains to Yahoo Life that Black people cannot be excluded from a movement they started. “The reality is Pride was started during the civil rights movement. … There was no way to disassociate the Stonewall rebellion with the rebellion of the acts and sacrifices of Black people. During that time, a lot of the tactics that Stonewall utilized in the fight for gay liberation were the tactics that were utilized from the civil rights movement.” The organization, named after the Stonewall pioneer, works to “protect and defend the human rights of black transgender people here in the United States.”

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