We also need to be as Black trans Texans involved in the life of straight and SGL Black America as well. We need to show up and handle the community's business on issues of importance to ALL of us as Black Texans and Black Americans.
TransGriot, Juneteenth 2017
Back on Juneteenth 2012 I wrote a post making the argument that the Black Trans community in the US and in my home state of Texas needed to have a a trans Juneteenth that liberated us mentally, saw us boldly claiming our seat at the Black cis community table and all the other spaces we intersectionally interact with, and make the effort to run for office.
It's eight years later, and we STILL need to make that Black Trans Juneteenth to happen for us.
As we celebrate the first Juneteenth to take place in the 2020's, we do so under challenging circumstances as usual. We have a COVID-19 pandemic the Republicans have politicized and deliberately let run rampant because it is disproportionately killing Black people.
We are also still dealing with the issues we had before COVID, in terms of having to deal with anti-trans hatred inside and outside the Black community. That transphobic hate speech is being converted into hate violence that manifests itself in cis Black people assaulting or killing us.
That needs to stop.
But that SCOTUS case only is changing laws. It still doesn't change the transphobic hate in the hearts of the people who despise us.
The onus is on us to seize the day and push to encode in legislation the rights granted to us by that Supreme Court decision, The onus is on us to be the proud unapologetic Black trans people we know we are and we make that happen..
For the rest of 2020, into 2021 and beyond, we need to make sure that our government officials not only see us but hear us. If if they don't. then we step up and run for office ourselves.
I'm also proud to see you Black trans folks who are going to college and getting something the oppressors can never take away from you in terms of a good education.
I am always rooting for our community trailblazers, whether it is on a pageant stage or a Hollywood sound stage. Any trans person who is breaking a barrier makes it easier for the next one following in their footsteps.
And yes, I see you trans peeps whose major accomplishment is just getting out of bed and stepping into the world as your true selves. You are loved, valued and needed in our community.
Happy Juneteenth!. But more importantly, time for us to in the spirit of this day, strive to emancipate ourselves as well.