The discussion turned to racism and transphobia within the LGBT community, particularly in Boystown. Several speakers pointed out the Take Back Boystown movement, spearheaded by mostly white gay men in Lakeview who attributed a rise in crime to mostly young black youth hanging out in the streets and at the Center on Halsted, and the Tumblr blog When in Boystown, which disparages black transgender women, among other groups. “We just need to stop being close-minded to things. It starts in our community, it starts with us,” said Turner.
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