June is LGBT Pride Month and we reached out to Black LGBT folks and asked, “What does pride mean to you?” Here is a taste of the inspiring and amazing things they had to say.—Kellee Terrell
Monica Roberts, Houston, Texas
“Pride reminds me I'm also part of and heir to a legacy of struggle for the human rights of transgender people that was kicked off one night in June 1969 by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson. And the struggle for trans human rights continues today. It's even more important it be recognized by fellow African Americans in the face of the anti-trans violence and discrimination disproportionately aimed at us.”
There's also commentary in this initial group from Laverne Cox, Diamond Stylz, Tiq Milan, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Christian Axavier Lovehall, and Sasha Alexander with more to come.
Check out what the rest of my trans, bi and SGL peeps had to say about pride here.