Richmond #BlackLivesMatter protest focuses on transgender lives

Posted at 12:11 AM, Mar 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-27 00:26:33-04


RICHMOND, Va. — Hundreds of “Black Lives Matter” protesters filled the streets of Richmond Thursday night during the peaceful protest, which is one of many that have happened around VCU’s main campus.

Demonstrators started on VCU’s main campus and trekked along Broad Street  toward downtown until the display wrapped up around 10:30 p.m.

One woman said the rally was a way to show that all black lives matter. Tonight’s event focused on black transgender lives.

“We haven’t put enough focus onto trans lives, gay lives, atheist  lives. Black lives are black lives.  Intersexuality matters. We put too much attention on black men. That’s all we focus on when all black lives matter,” she said.

Richmond police said no arrests were made during the protest.

Participants said they plan to continue these protests despite some who question demonstrators’ motivations.

“It’s kind of making everyone look away from what’s really going on. They’re just doing this to get attention for what? It’s negative attention,” one man said.