Anja Matthes

Photographer/Videographer/Visual Storyteller
     
From the start, Black Lives Matter has been about LGBTQ lives
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Nationality: European
Biography: Anja Matthes is an award winning Luxembourgian/German born documentary photographer, videographer and visual storyteller based in New York City. She completed her studies at and received certificates in cinematography and documentary filmmaking... MORE
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From the start, Black Lives Matter has been about LGBTQ lives
anja matthes
Jun 21, 2020

Two of three Black Lives Matter founders identify as queer.
By Sony Salzman Photos Anja Matthes

From the start, the founders of Black Lives Matter have always put LGBTQ voices at the center of the conversation. The movement was founded by three Black women, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of whom identify as queer.

By design, the movement they started in 2013 has remained organic, grassroots and diffuse. Since then, many of the largest Black Lives Matter protests have been fueled by the violence against Black men, including Mike Brown and Eric Garner in 2015, and now George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.

But it's not only straight, cisgender Black men who are dying at the hands of police. Last month, a Black transgender man, Tony McDade, 38, was shot and killed by police in Tallahassee......


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