Black Queer Lives Matter



Black Lives Matter’s story can not be told without the LGBTQ+ community and the sacrifices they have been made to pay.
On the night of June 28, 1969, history was made at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York.

It was on that night during a police raid that LGBTQ+ people led their first major action against the NYPD (New York Police Department) and their discriminatory practices towards queer people. During that raid, a biracial lesbian by the name of Stormé DeLarverie resisted arrest, screaming out to others there,
“Why don’t you guys do something?”
The crowd then rose up, and the Stonewall uprising began.

Led by Black and Brown trans and queer folks, the rebellion that followed lasted six days. There were protests and violent exchanges with the police, the likes of which had never been seen during that era.

Though the historical record is often debated, many credit Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender woman, with throwing the first brick at Stonewall, and Stormé with throwing the first punch. What’s clear is that Black and Brown LGBTQ+ folks played an integral role in the uprising, and began the loud and proud fight for queer and trans rights across the globe.

In Japan, the LGBTQ community faces discrimination even at the highest levels of Japanese society.

Masumi Tsurusashi, Member of the City Council of Ebina City, Kanagawa Prefecture, tweeted the Asahi Shimbun in response to their report on an attitude survey regarding same sex marriage,
“If abnormal people increase, human beings will become extinct. … Homosexuality is abnormal. [The media]' should be more responsible [and not] report abnormal activities.(1)”
This kind of unprogressive attitude is unbecoming of a nation known for its kind and gentle nature.
The struggle endured by the LGBTQ+ is far from over.
  • Since 2013, 122 Black transgender people were victims of anti-transgender violence(2)
  • In 2019, 90% of the reported Black transgender people killed were Black transgender women(3)
  • In 2019, 18% of Black LGBTQ youth were subjected to unwanted sexual acts(4)
  • In 2011, 38% of Black LGBTQ reported having been harassed by the police, double that of white LGBTQ victims. 15% reported physical assault, and 7% reported sexual assault at the hands of the police. One victim is quoted as saying “After I was raped, the officer told me that I got what I deserved(5)
  • In 2015, the violations committed against Black transgender women by police officers continued. 17% reported having been psychically assaulted, sexually assaulted, or forced to commit sexual acts to avoid arrest

クィア: 異性愛またシスジェンダー(身体的性と自認してる性が一致している事)に当てはまらない、セクシャルマイノリティの総称をいう。

Black Lives Matterの歴史はLGBTQ+コミュニティとこのコミュニティが払わされてきた犠牲なしには語れません。


  • 2013年より、122名もの黒人トランスフェンダーが反トランスジェンダー暴力の被害者となっています。(2)
  • 2019年に殺害された黒人のトランスジェンダーのうち、9割は黒人トランスジェンダー女性でした。(3)
  • 2019年、18%もの黒人LGBTQ+の若者が強制的な性交渉の被害者となっています。(4)
  • 2011年、38%もの黒人LGBTQ+が警察にハラスメントを受けたと報告しています。この数は実に白人LGBTQ+の2倍です。15%は身体的な暴行を、7%は性的な暴行を警察より受けたと報告しました。被害者の一人は「強姦されてから、自業自得だと言われた」と語りました。(5)
  • 2015年、警察による黒人トランスジェンダー女性に対する暴行事件は続いた。17%が身体的・性的暴力、逮捕をまのがれる為に性的行為を強制されたと語りました。

(1) (2) (3)See previous footnote (4) (5)

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