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Protesters for Black Trans Lives Matter in Brooklyn, June 18. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

The recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests and June's Pride Month celebrations are highlighting racism within the LGBTQ+ community, specifically toward Black transgender people.

Driving the news: Cities across the U.S., including Philadelphia, New York City and Providence, Rhode Island, have hosted "Black Trans Lives Matter" rallies this June. The demonstrations have called attention to the deaths of Black trans individuals, including 38-year-old Tony McDade, killed by Tallahassee, Florida, police just two days after George Floyd was killed.

  • Tallahassee police originally misgendered McDade in their report on his death.

By the numbers: The Human Rights Campaign reported at least 26 deaths of trans or gender-nonconforming people in the U.S. in 2018 due to fatal violence. Most were Black transgender women.

  • HRC later reported at least 22 trans or gender-nonconforming people were killed last year through November, marking the fifth straight year that more than 20 trans or gender-nonconforming people have died due to violence.
  • Year over year, Black trans women prove to be the most frequent targets.

Between the lines: White privilege still gives some members of the LGBTQ+ community an advantage compared to LGBTQ+ people of color — specifically Black trans folks.

  • Not all violence toward Black, transgender individuals is directly motivated by a person's gender identity or race, HRC notes.
  • 1 in 5 trans people in the U.S. has been discriminated against while searching for housing, per the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).
  • NCTE also reports that more than 1 in 4 trans people have lost a job due to discrimination.

The Supreme Court this month ruled employment discrimination against transgender individuals to be unlawful.

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Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Aug 26, 2020 - Health
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Axios-Ipsos poll: The racial gap on coronavirus vaccine

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: 1,084 U.S. adults were surveyed between Aug. 21-24, 2020 with a ±3.3% margin of error; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Black Americans are less likely than white Americans to say they plan to get a flu vaccine this year, and significantly less likely to say they'll take a first-generation coronavirus vaccine, according to numbers from the latest edition of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: Black Americans have suffered disproportionately from COVID-19, which means they also stand to benefit from a successful vaccine. But a legacy of medical mistreatment, systematic racism in health care and targeted efforts by anti-vaxxers means that a wide trust gap needs to be closed first.

Updated 14 mins ago - World

U.S. threatens to cut aid to Sudan after military takeover

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok during a 2020 news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sudan's civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was put under house arrest and several other ministers were detained Monday in what appears to be a military coup in the country, per local reports.

The latest: Several hours after he was placed under house arrest, a military force took Prime Hamdok and his wife from their house to an undisclosed location, according to Hamdok's adviser Adam Harika.

Business leaders expect wages to keep going up

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Data: NABE Business Conditions Survey; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

America’s business leaders expect to keep shelling out higher wages to employees.

Driving the news: According a new quarterly survey released today by the National Association of Business Economists, a record high 58% of respondents increased pay at their firms during the third quarter — and nearly the same share expects to do so again in the coming months.