NEW YORK — Brayla Stone, a 17-year-old Black trans girl, was murdered in Sherwood, Arkansas near Little Rock on June 25. According to friends she enjoyed experimenting with music, some of which she uploaded to her personal YouTube channel. Her killer has yet to be identified and members of the media continue to deadname her—using the wrong pronouns and refusing to honor that Brayla Stone should be remembered as she showed up in the world.  In response to this tragic news, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition David J. Johns released the following statement:
“Brayla Stone is the 4th trans woman killed this month. Brayla Stone was seventeen years young when someone murdered her because we live in a society where it is not yet explicit that when we say BlackLivesMatter we mean all Black lives, which includes Black trans women and girls. 

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WASHINGTON—On Thursday, June 18th the Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS) ruled that Trump cannot immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The 5-4 decision was decided by Chief Justice Roberts and backed by Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, Breyer, and Sotomayor. While quantitative data is not collected in ways that allow us to have informed conversations about Black queer people we know that of the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants in America, between 600,000 - 800,000 of them are Black

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NEW YORK — Selena Reyes-Hernandez was a 37 year-old trans woman from the Marquette Park area in Chicago, Illinois. Selena and Orlando Perez arrived at her home at about 5:30am on May 31, at which time she revealed to him that she is a trans woman. After leaving, Perez returned to Selena’s home and shot her in the head and back, fled the scene, and returned once more to shoot her lifeless body. Original reports of Selena’s death misgendered her.

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WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the  murder of Oluwatoyin Salau, David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:
“Oluwatoyin Salau, affectionately known as ‘Toyin,’ was a 19-year-old Black woman and Black Lives Matter activist. Salau was recently featured in a viral video where she passionately called for the realization that Black Lives Matter and for that statement to be true Black Trans Lives must Matter too.

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WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Supreme Court decision affirming that employer discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:
“This week has brought a mix of anger and hope for Black LGBTQ and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people. 

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