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Trans Rights, Black Lives Matter Take Center Stage in Amazing Vogue Tribute

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A new video brings voguing and fierce choreography to express the challenges facing queer black people.

The routine by choreographer Encye Smith addresses HIV protection, Orlando, Black Lives Matter, and LGBT acceptance. 

Two men start out mirroring each another's dance, followed by a group of women who seamlessly join the routine. The dance samples Beyoncé's "Formation" and Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation," followed by remarks on discrimination against transgender people. 

"Transgender people should be able to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. They not bothering y'all!" says a voiceover in the video. "We should not be stereotyped, we should be able to love who we wanna love, we should be able to do what we wanna do."

At the end, Smith goes off by himself and pulls a black hoodie over his head, staring at the camera as the screen reads "#BLACKLIVESMATTER #STOPKILLINGUS," the latter message also having been featured in the "Formation" video. 

"We are who we are," Smith says at one point in the video. "We're just living life! So why are you mad?"

Watch the full video below:

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