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18 photos show how Pride and Black Lives Matter supporters are rallying together for change

18 photos show how Pride and Black Lives Matter supporters are rallying together for change
Activists attend the All Black Lives Matter Solidarity March on June 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Sarah Morris/Getty Images
  • From New York City to Los Angeles, supporters of the LGBTQ+ community and Black Lives Matter movement have marched the streets together to join causes.
  • Rallies have been held in cities across the country to support LGBTQ+ rights while pushing back on systemic racism and police brutality against Black Americans.
  • Some cities have held "All Black Lives Matter" rallies, while others have put a focus on Black trans Lives, following the killings of Black trans women, and the Trump administration's decision to rollback health protections for trans people.

The LGBTQ+ community and the Black Lives Matter movements have taken to the streets together in cities across the country over the last week to march for change.

Following the death of George Floyd in late May and the beginning of Pride month in June, activists have come together to elevate the voices of Black LGBTQ+ individuals and shed light on issues like discrimination, police brutality, and racism.

From New York City to Los Angeles, rallies to support All Black Lives and Black trans lives have drawn thousands of people to the streets.

The protests followed a devastating week in which two Black trans women, Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells of Philadelphia and Riah Milton of Liberty Township, Ohio, were found dead.

Additionally, an emphasis to support Black trans lives comes in the wake of a decision by President Donald Trump's administration that can allow health care providers to deny coverage for trans individuals.

These photos show how communities have taken to the streets to show support and demand justice.

In the Brooklyn borough of New York City, a massive rally to support Black trans lives took place on June 14.

In the Brooklyn borough of New York City, a massive rally to support Black trans lives took place on June 14.
A protester displays wings while marching on June 14, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York.      Michael Noble Jr./Getty Images

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An estimated 15,000 people gathered for a "Brooklyn Liberation" rally organized by groups including the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, The Okra Project, and Black Trans Femmes. Six speakers were present during the gathering, including family members of a Black trans woman who died at Rikers Island.

An estimated 15,000 people gathered for a "Brooklyn Liberation" rally organized by groups including the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, The Okra Project, and Black Trans Femmes. Six speakers were present during the gathering, including family members of a Black trans woman who died at Rikers Island.
People participate in a Black Trans Lives Matter rally in Brooklyn on June 14, 2020.      REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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Thousands of protesters at the rally wore white to pay tribute to the 1917 "Silent Parade," in which the NAACP organized a gathering of 10,000 people to fight against violence toward Black Americans.

Thousands of protesters at the rally wore white to pay tribute to the 1917 "Silent Parade," in which the NAACP organized a gathering of 10,000 people to fight against violence toward Black Americans.
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In Los Angeles, tens of thousands took to the streets near Hollywood during an All Black Lives Matter march for LGBTQ+ rights and protest police brutality and racism.

In Los Angeles, tens of thousands took to the streets near Hollywood during an All Black Lives Matter march for LGBTQ+ rights and protest police brutality and racism.
People take part in an All Black Lives Matter march in Hollywood, California, on June 14, 2020.      REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

Protesters were heard chanting slogans like "Prosecute killer cops!" and holding signs to support LGBTQ+ rights, as they marched, danced, and demanded justice for discrimination and racism.

Protesters were heard chanting slogans like "Prosecute killer cops!" and holding signs to support LGBTQ+ rights, as they marched, danced, and demanded justice for discrimination and racism.
People take part in an All Black Lives Matter march in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, June 14, 2020.      REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

Some activists stood together with the message that "Together, United We'll Never Be Divided."

Some activists stood together with the message that "Together, United We
Activists attend the All Black Lives Matter Solidarity March on June 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.      Sarah Morris/Getty Images

On Hollywood Boulevard, the words "All Black Lives Matter" were painted in massive rainbow letters across the street to reflect the importance of uplifting the voices of Black LGBTQ+ individuals.

On Hollywood Boulevard, the words "All Black Lives Matter" were painted in massive rainbow letters across the street to reflect the importance of uplifting the voices of Black LGBTQ+ individuals.
The words "All Black Lives Matter" are seen painted on Hollywood Boulevard on June 14, 2020 in Hollywood, California.      ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

In Denver, Colorado, a Pride Liberation March was held to support the Black Lives Matter movement and the rights of Black LGBTQ+ people.

In Denver, Colorado, a Pride Liberation March was held to support the Black Lives Matter movement and the rights of Black LGBTQ+ people.
Pride Liberation March, an event highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement within the LGBTQ community in Denver, Colorado, U.S., June 14, 2020.      REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt

The march brought hundreds of people together and included Black and LGBTQ+ speakers, and a moment of silence.

The march brought hundreds of people together and included Black and LGBTQ+ speakers, and a moment of silence.
Demonstrators hold candles and raise their fists during a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol at the end of the Pride Liberation March in Denver, Colorado, on June 14, 2020.      REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt

Speakers addressed the issue of violence against Black trans women, including the tragic deaths of Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells in Philadelphia and Riah Milton in Cincinnati the week before.

Speakers addressed the issue of violence against Black trans women, including the tragic deaths of Dominique "Rem
Athena Sylvers addresses the crowd at the Pride Liberation March in Denver, Colorado, on June 14, 2020.      REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt

In Boston, thousands of people gathered for a Transgender Resistance Vigil and March, to honor Black trans people who were instrumental in the Stonewall Riots and to recognize the difficulties that Black trans individuals face today.

In Boston, thousands of people gathered for a Transgender Resistance Vigil and March, to honor Black trans people who were instrumental in the Stonewall Riots and to recognize the difficulties that Black trans individuals face today.
Thousands march during a Transgender Resistance Vigil + March from Franklin Park Playstead to Nubian Square in Boston's Roxbury on June 13, 2020.      Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

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In Richmond, Virginia, hundreds of people came together for a Black Pride rally. Some protesters were seen waving flags in honor of Tony McDade, a Black trans man who was shot and killed by police in Florida two days after George Floyd's death.

In Richmond, Virginia, hundreds of people came together for a Black Pride rally. Some protesters were seen waving flags in honor of Tony McDade, a Black trans man who was shot and killed by police in Florida two days after George Floyd
Protesters hold signs and figures for the BLACK PRIDE RVA march on June 12, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia.      Eze Amos/Getty Images

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On that same day, a rainbow to celebrate Pride was projected atop the city's statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, along with the initials of the Black Lives Matter movement.

On that same day, a rainbow to celebrate Pride was projected atop the city
A rainbow projected over the statue of Confederate General Robert Lee on June 12, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia.      Eze Amos/Getty Images

In Washington, DC, members of the Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ community marched together toward the White House. Some protesters congregated in front of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's home, demanding that she defund the city's police presence.

In Washington, DC, members of the Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ community marched together toward the White House. Some protesters congregated in front of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser
Members and allies of the LGBTQ community reach Black Lives Matter Plaza across the street from the White House on June 13, 2020 in Washington, DC.      Samuel Corum/Getty Images

While in Silver Spring, Maryland, a line of cars followed behind a Pride march with signs reading "Defund MPD" and "No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us."

While in Silver Spring, Maryland, a line of cars followed behind a Pride march with signs reading "Defund MPD" and "No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us."
Protesters form a caravan behind a march in Silver Spring, Maryland, on June 13, 2020.      REUTERS/Erin Scott

In Chicago, thousands of people gathered to support Black and LGBTQ+ lives in a Drag March for Change protest.

In Chicago, thousands of people gathered to support Black and LGBTQ+ lives in a Drag March for Change protest.
Two protesters hold signs in support of Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives on June 14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois      Natasha Moustache/Getty Images

The protesters marched across a predominantly LGBTQ+ section of the city, and 12 speakers gave speeches about racial injustice, bigotry, and violence against Black LGBTQ+ individuals.

The protesters marched across a predominantly LGBTQ+ section of the city, and 12 speakers gave speeches about racial injustice, bigotry, and violence against Black LGBTQ+ individuals.
Crowds wave rainbow signs in support of Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives in Boystown on June 14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.      Natasha Moustache/Getty Images

Additionally, on June 27, Global Pride, a virtual worldwide gathering of the LGBTQ+ community announced that it will focus on the Black Lives Matter movement during its live-streamed event.

Additionally, on June 27, Global Pride, a virtual worldwide gathering of the LGBTQ+ community announced that it will focus on the Black Lives Matter movement during its live-streamed event.
People take part in an All Black Lives Matter march in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on June 14, 2020.      REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

Global Pride was developed as a way to celebrate Pride month safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among those who are slated to be in virtual attendence include former US president and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and an array of LGBTQ+ performers, speakers, and allies.

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