BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Saturday afternoon, thousands of people flooded the streets of Boston, taking part in a march calling for equal rights for transgender people.
The crowds started with music, a vigil, and speeches in Franklin Park at 3 p.m., then marching on to Nubian Square while carrying signs saying "Black Trans Lives Matter."
The march for trans rights took place on what would have been the 50th anniversary of the Boston Pride Parade, which was canceled months ago due to coronavirus.
The demonstration was raising money for the Transgender Emergency Fund, which provides funds for everyday needs for low-income transgender people in Massachusetts.
A protestor at the march told WBZ NewsRadio that transgender people, especially those of color, are still victims of violent attacks, often by police.
According to the Human Right Campaign, fatal violence in the U.S. disproportionately affects transgender women of color.
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