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Ashlee Marie Preston Has Thoughts on the Women's March and Louis Farrakhan

Ashlee Marie Preston

The transgender activist weighs in on whether the Women's March should associate with the antigay leader.

Trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston spoke out against Women's March cochair Tamika Mallory's relationship with Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan in a Facebook video on Wednesday. Mallory came under fire for attending a speech where Farrakhan made anti-Semitic remarks and since has refused to renounce him regardless of his history of transphobia, homophobia, and anti-Jewish animus.

"No friend to anti-Semitism, homophobia, and transphobia can possibly be a friend to me," Preston wrote as a caption to her video, which discussed how Mallory's support of Farrakhan is not in the best interests of African-Americans, particularly those who are LGBT.

"The reality is, at the end of the day, you cannot be an ally if you are an ally to the people who are harming us," she responded to Mallory's op-ed defending her relationship with Farrakhan, titled "Wherever My People Are Is Where I Must Be." "But I thought I was your people too, sis. Am I not a black woman? Am I not a black person?"

"This is a larger part of the conversation about how the African-American community still continues to cherry pick which black lives are important and which one's aren't," Preston commented, "Personally, I think Louis Farrakhan is trash, fight me."

Watch her full remarks below.

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