Saturday, Rhode Island Pride marched for “Trans Black Lives”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Saturday would have been the Rhode Island Pride parade, but in light of the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, organizers deciding instead to hold a rally for trans people of color.
A speaker at Saturday’s rally, Chloe Savage of Woonsocket says being a trans person of color means facing daily struggles for her safety, sometimes being afraid just to walk down the street at night.
But Savage says she is also encouraged by the crowd that showed up to the rally.
She added that last week’s Supreme Court ruling protecting her from being fired for her identity gives her new hope.
“Honestly it helps me sleep better at night. It’s a weight lifted off my shoulders, and honestly it’s about time.” Savage, said.
Protesters marched from the State House following the route of the first gay pride parade in Providence which was held in 1976.