Black transgender women are murdered at alarming rates. They have a bleak life expectancy between 35 and 37 years old, according to Julian K. Glover, an African American Studies doctoral student at Northwestern University  and receive an average annual income of $10,000 — well below the poverty line. According to the Human Rights Campaign at the time of press, at least ten of them have been murdered already this year, and many more fear for their lives.

Black transgender women also deserve credit for the state of LGBTQ progress today.

Here’s a look at why we owe Pride month to them and how we can all be better allies in a dangerous landscape for black LGBTQ people.

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