FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2020
Contact: Monica Roberts BTWI Media Chair
Dee Dee Watters BTWI President
855-255-8636 Ext 11
Black Transwomen Inc (BTWI) and the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC) are shocked, appalled and angered to learn that one of our trans sisters was attacked by a mob of Black men in Minneapolis on Monday.
BTWI and BTAC are thankful that Iyanna Dior is okay, but she is understandably shaken up by the assault. We have reached out and made contact with Ms. Dior and her family, and will announce what we will do for her as a organization
What makes this videotaped assault of Iyanna Dior even more egregious is that it not only is eerily similar to the attack on Muhlaysia Booker last April, it comes at a moment when the entire Black community is calling for justice in the murder of our fellow Texan and Minneapolis resident George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
BTWI and BTAC condemns the attack on Ms. Dior. We call upon law enforcement agencies in the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota to find the perpetrators of this heinous attack, arrest them, and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
The Black community should be our safe haven from the slings and arrows of domestic and foreign transphobes.
But as incidents like this repeatedly prove to us tragically it isn’t.
Our Black lives matter, too. We are beyond fed up as an organization proudly serving the Black trans community of seeing our people being attacked and murdered.
It is profoundly disappointing and hurtful when those attacks come from our own people.