Today, on the last day of Pride Month, we are here with an interesting topic related to L.G.B.T.Q. community. Activists from Seattle have shared their vision for Black transgender. Black trans women have started the movement but now it seems that they are left out from all the activities. Here’s everything you are looking for, check out.
51 years ago, during the uprising at the Stonewall Inn, transgender women of color were leaders in L.G.B.T.Q. activism but they were never put at the center of the movement they helped start. Now it seems that “the gay rights movement”, have erased them.
At no point have black trans people shared fully in the gains of racial justice or L.G.B.T.Q. activism, even in the recent “Black Lives Matter movement”, they got ignored and have not been prioritized there either.
The recent circumstances like the protests sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the killing of two black trans women: Dominique Fells and Riah Milton, shortly after a black trans man, Tony McDade was killed by the police, are all seems interconnected and have sparked during the pride month. The ongoing crisis has also affected black trans people in many ways but the decision by Supreme Court to protect gay and trans people from employment discrimination has sparked a ray of hope for black trans people, they are now mobilizing more visibly than ever before.
Peppermint, a black trans activist, who co-hosted the Black Queer Town Hall(series of virtual performances) said that “we were all minorities was enough for people to just say, ‘OK, that’s what we have in common, so if I win, that means you automatically are winning too.” The trans people have still so much to achieve especially the black transgender women, they are killed so often that the American Medical Association has declared it an epidemic.
Transgender politics often focuses on L.G.B.T.Q. movements such as advocating for marriage equality and preventing attempts to put restrictive regulations on bathrooms, the plight of black trans people are often ignored. The activists have now started to look into this matter and we hope that the situation of black trans people will ameliorate.