As we hope, pray, and take action for meaningful systemic change, the past week has brought us the high of the Supreme Court ruling that the Civil Rights Act provides legal protection for LGBTQIA employees and the lows that the Trump administration allows health providers to deny service to transgender patients. This year, the murders of Nina Pop, Monika Diamond, Tony McDade, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Riah Milton, and activist Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, the lynchings of Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch in California, and the killing of so many others tumbles our broken hearts to new depths.
We do not have a beautiful world until there is justice for all. Until every individual is able to go about their life without fear of being harassed or murdered and is treated equally under the law, in their communities, and in their families.
This week we donated to a basket of black trans-led organizations that includes:
• The Okra Project providing black trans people with mental health care and therapy
• The Third Wave Fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans people under 35 years old to resource political power and self determination of communities of color and low-income communities
• The Unique Woman’s Coalition to foster the next generation of black trans leadership through mentorship, scholarship, and community care engagement work
• Black & Pink advocates to end the criminal punishment system and the harms it causes on LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV/AIDS
• My Sistah’s House which is a resource for finding doctors, social groups and safe spaces for the trans community, and provides emergency shelter, access to sexual health services, and social services.
To learn more about what you can do to support the #BlackTransMovement including places to donate money; books and articles to read; films and videos to watch; podcasts to listen to; and people, hashtags, and organizations to follow, visit ActForBlackTransLives.org