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All Black Lives Fund Launches in Orlando Aimed at Supporting Black Transgender Folks in Central Florida

Photo: Bruno Aguirre
Photo: Bruno Aguirre

Central Florida leaders gathered at Orlando City Hall today to announce Contigo’s All Black Lives Fund on the first day of Black History Month.

The fund will promote the safety of Black Transgender people in the Orlando community.  

The initiative which started after the shooting of Tony McDade, a Black transman in Tallahassee, has already raised some 100,000 dollars for education and outreach. 

Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani says it’s not enough to simply rally for justice.

“We also have to literally put our money where our mouth is. And we have to demonstrate that yes Black lives matter and we want to invest in your life and we want to give dollars to Black-led organizations that focus on LGBTQ people because we know that is the path to collective liberation.”

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And Eskamani says it’s crucial that the Contigo Fund is led by LGBTQ people of color who understand the needs of their community. 

“But justice has to be led by people of color. Justice has to be led by those directly impacted. We cannot especially as elected officials go into communities and tell you what you need. You got to tell us what you need and then we’ve got to fund it.”

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According to the Human Rights Campaign, 44 transgender or gender non-conforming people were shot or killed in a violent way in 2020. The majority were Black and Latinx transgender women. 

Three transgender people of color have already been killed in 2021.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.
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