A rally to honor dead Black transgender women turns into chaotic scene.

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03/28/2022

A rally to draw attention to the deaths of two Black transgender Chicago women turned into a chaotic shouting match when another small group of anti-violence advocates crashed the event at Federal Plaza on Monday evening. As transgender activist Zahara Bassett was pleading for justice for the two women, several members of Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change, including founder Tyrone Muhammad, interrupted the event with bullhorns. “Our community is dying every day in these streets,” Muhammad said into the bullhorn. After a scuffle between members of the two sides, the transgender advocates said they’d reschedule their action. Muhammad said he wanted to bring attention to the broader population of Black Chicagoans who are dying because of rampant street violence. Bassett, who responded “we’re all here for the same fight,” said the point of Monday’s event was to highlight transgender and LGBTQ vulnerabilities. “Black trans people have a genocide going on with them right now — particularly Black trans women are being murdered and we are doing nothing about it,” Bassett said before being interrupted. “No justice is being done.”

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