Black Trans Lives Matter

Searching for ways to support and celebrate Black trans lives

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In 2019, the American Medical Association classified violence against transgender people in the U.S. as an epidemic. According to the Human Rights Campaign, as of July 2020 at least 26 transgender people have been killed, already surpassing the total from last year. The majority of these victims are Black trans women. Many deaths also go unreported, and victims are often misgendered.

Google Trends data reveals the extent to which America is searching to understand this crisis; “transphobia” and “black trans people killed” are both being searched at an all-time high.

America is also searching for ways to support transgender people. More than ever, people are searching for “black trans organizations,” “trans activists,” and “how to be a good ally.” And in 2020, “black trans lives matter” was searched 10X more compared with the previous year.

Google is a committed supporter of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) and its mission to end violence against all trans people across the U.S. In addition to defending and protecting the lives of Black trans people, MPJI is also expanding its COVID-19 relief efforts for trans communities. As part of our ongoing commitments to advance racial justice, Google.org recently made a donation to MPJI, which will expand the organization’s relief work.

Learn about other organizations supporting the transgender community.

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

NQTTCN is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health and increasing access to healing justice resources for queer and trans people of color.

The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition works to improve the Black trans human experience by overcoming violence and advocating for healthcare equality, affordable and accessible housing, and equity in employment opportunities.

Queer and Trans People of Color Birthwerq Project

The Q/TPOC Birthwerq Project creates more access to reproductive education and resources for trans and gender-nonconforming people of color.

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