What does it mean to become a hashtag? When Black and trans people say they do not want to become a hashtag, the statement is, in part, shorthand for saying that they do not want to die. I imagine they do not want to become like #SandraBland or #TrayvonMartin, people who were murdered by police and vigilantes and became hashtags that spurred massive mobilizations for justice by the #BlackLivesMatter movement (cárdenas 2017). Many trans people of color do not even have the privilege of becoming a hashtag because their deaths often do not become causes for such mobilizations. Yet to become a hashtag is to become multiple, to become a massive flow of information and energy that far exceeds the racialized, gendered confines of a single body.

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