LGBTIA holds BLM march to raise awareness during Pride month

At the Capitol, members of the pride community held a march to raise awareness as pride month comes to a close.
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At the Capitol, members of the pride community held a march to raise awareness as pride month comes to a close.
“My experience as a black bisexual woman has been a very confusing one. I would say that it’s been a struggle,” said Kadeja Sangoyele.
Two queer women led a Black Lives Matter march, saying they wanted to include the LGBTIA voices in the movement.
“We noticed that some of the protests weren’t necessarily bringing up like black women or black trans women that have been affected by police violence or just violence within the community as well,” said Kierra Duncan, a lead organizer. “So we kind of took it upon ourselves.”
Kadeja shares that after coming out as bisexual, it has not always been easy.
“I face a lot of sexualization, a lot of discrimination in the fact that people think that I want to have a threesome or they think that immediately want to sleep with everyone that I meet,” said Sangoyele.
At the rally today, she says seeing people like herself is encouraging.
“It’s been really awesome and really freeing and to have support and to see people rallying around my community and other people being good allies, it’s been really promising,” said Sangoyele.
Duncan says she worked with Lincoln Police on the event and officers maintained a distance to respect the rally.
“So we just kind of wanted to keep separate and let them be aware of our plan, obviously, let them know what’s going on today but we also want to have our time to ourselves where it’s just focused on us,” adds Duncan.
And Kadeja leaves this message for younger generations.
“No more do black trans kids and black queer kids and black bisexual kids have to wonder if someone believes in them or lose them or is fighting for them,” said Sangoyele. “Like, we believe in you, we love you, we’re here for you and we see you.”
And though the numbers were lower than usual, Duncan says she is glad that it still made an impact for those who attended.

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