ASHEVILLE – In response to a planned police support rally in downtown Asheville Thursday, area LGBTQ groups and others are organizing a counter protest to affirm that black lives matter.
In a Facebook announcement about the LGBTQ event, Lichen LP, who organized the rally wrote, "What does this have to do with LGBTQ people? ... With same-sex marriage legalized in North Carolina just a few months ago, are we now complacent to others' oppression?"
The answer, LP said, is no.
Queer people of color are hugely targeted by police and civilian white racists, LP stated in the announcement, pointing to statistics showing that black transgender women are common victims in LGBTQ homicide.
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