Transgender Law Center executive director Kris Hayashi released the following statement about the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend:

“We are chilled and heartbroken, though unfortunately not surprised, by the white supremacist violence taking place in Charlottesville. The hate driving these racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT acts is deeply embedded in this country and in the ongoing attacks and violence against trans communities, particularly trans women of color.

Already in this year filled with violence and hate, we have lost at least 17 transgender people to murder — the majority of them Black trans women. We cannot separate the deaths of our Black trans sisters from the violence on display in Charlottesville or from the broader attacks on trans communities, whether they come in the form of presidential tweets, immigration policy, or white supremacist rallies. Supporting the trans community means actively and vigorously opposing all of these acts of hate against us.”

To support those on the ground, please donate to the Charlottesville legal fund: fundly.com/solidarity-c-ville-7-8-anti-racist-legal-fund