Lee Mokobe, a nineteen year-old Cape Town, South Africa native, performed this powerful poem about his transgender identity at TedWomen. Watch the video below.
Black queer and trans* folks are often excluded from mainstream ideals about love and romance. Their deviation from the White heteropatriarchal “norm” means that many folks in these communities rarely see images of themselves reflcted back on the silver screen, in TV series’, or in other media in popular culture. That’s why NBC’s new series “Living Color: Love is Revolutionary When You’re Black & Transgender,” a first entry in the “NBCBLK “Love is Revolutionary” series is so timely and necessary.
In a world where trans folks are still murdered for merely existing, this series dares to spotlight the beauty in these loving relationships. While this will not cure all the issues many folks in the United States have had historically, and still have presently, with queer and trans* love, it is definitely a beautiful expression of visibility for individuals who are left out of the notion of love altogether.
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Who dies? Who thrives? Join members of both the Trans Women of Color Collective and #BlackLivesMatter to examine the vitality and visibility of justice movements. In the wake of the deaths of people like Islan Nettles and Eric Garner and the incarceration of people like CeCe McDonald, how do we promote the unity of these movements and the centrality of LGBTQ people to achieving justice? How can we advocate for fellowship and liberation as we advance our mutual cause?
Moderated by Lourdes Ashley Hunter, National Director of TWOCC and including panelists Darnell L. Moore, Ahmad Greene, Katrina Goodlett, Tiq Milan, and Elle Hearns, this important conversation took place at NYU on Feb. 12th.
Last night’s address was the first State of the Union speech to directly reference lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. President Obama has previously referenced transgender individuals in a speeches, making him the first president to do so. While the recognition is important, some trans activists wonder, “Where are the works that are going to dismantle structural oppression and end white supremacy?”
LaVerne Cox is on a roll this year! She’s already made history by becoming the very first transgender woman to appear on the cover of TIME. Not to mention that time when she became the first transgender woman to be nominated for an Emmy.
Now, the actress and activist has been named one of Glamour’s ‘Women of the Year.”
Transgender activist CeCe McDonald will address racism, transphobia and incarceration faced by transgender women of color during a keynote speech at the University of Chicago on Wednesday Oct. 15.
The program is hosted by the Office of LGBTQ Student Life and the Institute of Politics. It is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Spiritual Life Office, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.
Courtrooms around the country are battling over whether or not states can impose voter ID laws, but they have focused primarily on issues of access when opposing the legislation.
But a new study shows that voter ID laws can negatively impact a portion of the population that is often overlooked. America’s transgender community.
Orange is the New Black star LaVerne Cox may be famous for her roles on the big screen, but the trans activist is also taking an active role in standing up for the rights of black people.
Cox was so moved by the story of Cece McDonald, a transgender woman who was sentenced to time behind bars for defending herself during a fight, that she decided to promote Cece’s story through a documentary.
The following feature originally appears on the Windy City Times. It was written by Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer.
By: Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer
According to the most recent numbers, one in six transgender individuals report having been imprisoned at some point in their lives. The history of horrific abuses they often suffered in jail have been well-documented—trans* women housed with men and, so, subjected to rape and violent assault from fellow inmates while prison staff have looked the other way; denial of hormone medication or access to mental-health counseling; and sometimes extended periods of solitary confinement “for their own protection,” which yields devastating psychological consequences.
A 15-year-old transgender teen was stabbed in the back by an attacker while riding a Green Line Metrorail in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
The victim, a D.C. resident, was being treated at a hospital for a non-life threatening puncture wound.
A slain transgender woman from Baltimore has been identified as the sibling of Los Angeles Clippers player Reggie Bullock.
Mia Henderson, 26, was found dead in Baltimore on the morning of July 16. Bullock confirmed that Henderson was his sibling.
Sissieretta Jones made history in 1892 when she became the first African-American female to sing at Carnegie Hall. 122 years later, the first openly transgender African-American performer will play at the venue on June 25.
R. Kelly’s youngest child recently came out as transgender on social media.
13-year-old Jaya has identified as male since age 6 or 7.