LA’s transgender community and self-defense

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“Unite to defend trans lives!” is written on one of the signs in this All Black Lives Matter march in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 14, 2020. The march was organized by Black LGBTQ+ leaders in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. Photo by Ringo Chiu/REUTERS.

A viral video of three transgender women being attacked in Hollywood on August 17 has opened up a larger conversation on what’s being done to protect trans women. A self-defense coach for trans and queer people says people rarely get help. Another woman was moved by the video and thus created self-defense kits for trans women. LA county officials announced a rapid response hotline in the event of a hate crime, but some say it is not enough.