Highlighting the connection between #BlackLivesMatter movement, taking over the globe following #GeorgeFloyd’s death, and LGBT rights’ movement is important for us. These movements are both about resisting against different forms of suppression and discrimination. We want to eliminate suppression and discrimination in any form.
One of the most prominent figures of the #StonewallUprising was #MarshaPJohnson – a #BlackTrans person. Johnson was present at the Stonewall Inn, when the police raided this club on the historic day of 28 June 1969. The clash between the police and the crowd present at the scene sparked the Stonewall riots and violent demonstrations in New York City. As a #BlackTrans person, Johnson was one of the leaders of the resistance and pushback against the police at the uprising. Given the importance of the Stonewall uprising, Marsha P. Johnson became a global icon for the #LGBT movement around the world. However, in 1992, Johnson was allegedly murdered in New York City and the investigation remains open to this day. Johnson was not served justice.
Recently, according to Pink News, thousands of people gathered at the Stonewall Garden Center to protest the murder of #BlackTrans people as part of the widespread #BlackLivesMatter protests in the US. Similarly, in Iran, many people who experience different forms of national, racial or ethnic discrimination are often also part of the queer community. And so we too chant “Black Lives Matter”. Just as queer lives. We want to end all forms of discrimination.