Fort Lauderdale PD Arrest One at Transgender Rights March

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Elijah Drummond one of the organizers of Friday's March for Transgender Rights in Fort Lauderdale (NBC 6)

Protester arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

 

More than 100 protesters participated in a march for transgender rights in Fort Lauderdale Friday night, where one protester was tased and arrested in a separate incident. NBC 6 has exclusive footage of the arrest.

"One main purpose of this is to create a space and a platform for trans youth and queer youth of color," Elijah Drummond, one of the march’s organizers, told NBC 6 about the march.

The march comes after Wednesday’s announcement that the Trump administration is rescinding Title IX protections for transgender students in public schools. The protections allow trans students to use public facilities and accommodations consistent with their gender identities. There are an estimated 350,000 transgender students ages 13-24, according to research from the Williams Institute at UCLA.

Miami-Dade and Broward city and school officials have responded by saying gender identity will remain a protected status within their public schools.

Related: Florida Responds to Trump Admin on Title IX and Transgender Protections

"We have this president who said he was our ally, our support and obviously that's not true. So it's really messed up that we have this person that a lot of us feel really unsafe under," Graciela Mendoza, another organizer of Friday’s march, told NBC 6.

Related: Trump Admin Rescinds Title IX Protections for Trans Students

March 28, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board. It will be the first Supreme Court case to rule specifically on transgender rights, and will cover issues of public accommodations, and whether gender identity will be considered a protected status under antidiscrimination legislation on the federal level.

Related: #StandWithGavin: Laverne Cox’s Grammy Shout Out

But the issue of violence against trans people, especially trans women of color, was also on the minds of the marchers.

“Trans women, especially trans women of color are still dying on the streets every single day and marriage is not enough," Drummond said.

Of 53 transgender murders reported from 2013 to 2015, none were prosecuted or reported as a hate crime, according to a report from the Human Rights Campaign. The report recommends the government and law enforcement agencies improve their efforts to record, report and prosecute incidents of violence against transgender people. An effort which is now being bolstered by media sites like Mic.com, who recently launched their own database to record and report on transgender lives affected by violence.

Related: Mic Launches Database to Track Anti-Trans Violence

According to data from the CDC, between 2010 and 2014 Americans were murdered at an annual rate of 25.8 per 100,000 people. Based on this data Alexis Dinno, a social epidemiologist at Portland State University estimates that transwomen of color ages 15 - 34 were murdered between 4.5 and 22. 6 times that rate. Compared to the murder statistics for young cisgender women, the murder rate of transwomen of color ranges from 7.9 to 39.1 times the murder rate of their cisgender counterparts.  


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