Here’s How You Can Donate To Iyanna Dior, The Black Trans Woman Attacked In Minneapolis

Black trans lives matter.

On June 1, a horrible video of Iyanna Dior, a Black trans woman, began to make rounds on social media.

That night in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at roughly 9:27 pm, Dior was attacked by a large group of men, while several bystanders watched. The exact reasoning is not confirmed at this time. Though we will not share the clip, it was the exact type of violence that supports the awful notion that to be a Black trans women is to perpetually be unsafe.

Stories of Black trans people being attacked, or killed, are far too common.

We have to let go of the lazy idea that Black people, especially Black people who some classify as “hood,” are inherently transphobic, and that they are just acting out what they’ve been taught. It is not right to make excuses for any community members.

Also, fact that Dior was beaten publicly is a glaring reminder of the work we must do to let our sisters know that they are loved and protected. A simple retweet will not do — action must be taken, now.

Activist Janet Mock has shared Dior’s Cash App, so that people can donate to her directly. Her $Cashtag (Cash App user name) is $IyannaDIO. The “$” (dollar sign) must be included in your search.

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Iyanna Dior. Sis, you’re still standing. I praise and uplift you. I’m sending you the strength of your sisters still standing too — and the ones who no longer could. They deserve rest, and we speak their names too. Iyanna, you are a black trans woman. What a gift! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Sis. I’m sorry. I’m so fucking sorry. They didn’t have to come after you. But they did. There’s no fucking excuse for their brutality, their dangerous ignorance, their fragile masculinity. That shit been killing us. To be brutally attacked and called out your name while a crowd of your brothers and siblings look on….I’m so sorry sis. My heart aches for you. But we got you sis. You’re gonna heal. You rest now. Let us carry what you can’t right now. You deserve rest and peace. We’re showing the fuck up. Our fight for black lives will not be in sacrifice of you or our sisters. We must stop centering cisgender heterosexual men and their needs. We will not ignore the violence some of these men enact on you, our sisters’ and our siblings’ lives. If Black lives matter then Black trans lives should matter as well. We are here. We been here. We need our black cisgender siblings to roll up RIGHT NOW. You ain’t no ally. You are family. We are your family. Speak Iyanna Dior’s name — all our names — just as much as we’ve been screaming yours. We love y’all. We show up for y’all. Now show up for us. #blacklivesmatter #iyannadior #girlslikeus UPDATE: Iyanna’s previous CashApp username $NajaBabiie is not working. She’s verified that her updated CashApp is $IyannaDIO (those are uppercase i). I’d also recommend donating funds to grassroots trans orgs: @tgijustice @mpjinstitute @sylviariveralawproject @youthbreakout @translatinacoalition to name a few.

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During these times, we have constantly been shown the ways we can show up for each other, even though we’re still technically separated. Standing up for our Black trans sisters is a must, no matter what.

Photo credit: Iyanna Dior

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