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On Sunday, activists in West Hollywood participated in the “All Black Lives Matter” march, which was held in lieu of the L.A. Pride festival this year. The event sought to uplift the voices of Black queer and trans people, as well as to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

LAist contributor Lil Kalish reports that for some Black LGTBQIA folks, though, the event represented just one small step forward for an organization by which they’ve long been marginalized.

"For 50 years, [L.A. Pride has] been turning their back on the Black community,” activist and journalist Jasmyne Cannick told Kalish. “They need to sit down with the community and have a face-to-face meeting. They need to hear the criticism the community has for them.”

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The Past 48 Hours In LA

L.A. Protests: Protests over police brutality and systemic racism continued throughout the weekend, from a sunset drum circle to a march for Black unhoused lives. Sunday’s “All Black Lives Matter” march put the spotlight on Black queer and trans people.

Coronavirus Cases: Two days after more businesses in L.A. County reopened, local health officials confirmed 17 new deaths related to COVID-19 and 1,003 new cases. That brings the total deaths in the county to 2,907, and the total number of cases to 73,018.

#JusticeForRobertFuller: Some residents are demanding a full investigation into the death of Robert Fuller, a young Black man whose body was found hanging from a tree in a park across from Palmdale's City Hall. L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger called for an independent inquiry, writing that, "It is imperative that the public maintain trust in the investigative process, especially given the sensitive nature of this case and its many unknowns."

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A protester carries an LBGTQIA pride/Black Lives Matter flag at Sunday's "All Black Lives Matter" march.

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