Lawmakers also prevented the media from recording the proceedings.

Pride month is about to begin, and I don’t feel like celebrating.

Three black trans women were murdered in the U.S. in May. Their names were Muhlaysia Booker, Claire Legato and Michelle Simone, and they were our sisters. With their deaths, at least five black trans women have been killed so far nationwide in 2019.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration continued its anti-trans efforts. The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced plans to give federally funded shelters permission to turn away trans people, while the Department of Health and Human Services announced its plan to repeal health care protections for trans patients. The effects of these changes will be as deadly as the violence that took the lives of Booker, Legato and Simone. They will also cause the most harm to people of color, who are more likely to experience discrimination, economic hardship and health problems.

On May 22, activists visited the Ohio Statehouse to testify in support of the Ohio Fairness Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the private sector. Activists have waited 10 years to share their stories with lawmakers, but when they finally reached the State Senate floor, Republican lawmakers didn’t stay to listen.

Continue reading Joy Ellison's column at Columbus Alive.