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‘You Must Become the Voice Every Day’: Protect Trans Women Day of Action in D.C.

Lauryn Gutierrez

Wednesday was declared a National Day of Action to #ProtectTransWomenparticularly those of colorby LBGTQ equality organization GetEQUAL.

Washington, D.C., has one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the country, and has the highest population of transgender individuals in the United States. Transgender advocates from Casa Ruby, HIPS, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute led a rally that evening in Freedom Plaza to highlight the dangers faced by trans women and femmes, especially those of color.

Earlier in the day, advocates went to D.C. City Hall to request more accessible housing for the trans community. According to a DC Trans Coalition survey, 37 percent of transgender Washingtonians were homeless in 2015.