Thursday, August 06, 2015
It''s Past Time To Recognize That Black Trans Lives Matter
In my hometown I along with other activists are battling an attempt to place anti-trans language in the Houston City Charter along with fighting to protect our trans inclusive human rights law.
Out of the 11 trans women who have unfortunately been murdered in the United States this year, seven have been Black trans women.
And we still have elements of the Black community who are attempting to erase our existence from a community we have cultural and blood ties to, and even colluding with white conservative fundamentalist ministers to erase our human rights
Black transpeople exist. We are your brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, neighbors, co-workers and fellow African descended human beings who deserve acceptance and respect, not your faux faith based contempt.
Yep, we're there. It's just at times we don't disclose we are trans. Because of the virulent hatred we face even inside a community we should be able to have as a safe haven from anti-trans bigotry and prejudice, we have to fight our own people, and that is depressing and exhausting at times.
Black trans people are Black people, and we are caught up in an inescapable web of mutuality. The minimum requirement we have of you as fellow African descended people is unconditional love and acceptance of who we are, and our humanity is not up for debate or discussion.
What affects the Black community affects me and other Black trans people, and what ails Black trans America is also a problem for Black America as well that needs to be tackled and solved with coordinated action.
If #BlackLivesMatter, ]our #BlackTransLivesMatter, too
The question is how long will it take you Black cis people to realize that?.