Black Trans* Liberation
Black trans* individuals are the most marginalized people in our society: they face housing, healthcare, and employment discrimination at alarming rates. Despite the oppression our society inflicts upon them, Black trans* lives are beautiful, powerful, significant, and worthy. Civil rights activism is built on their backs – without folks like Marsha P. Johnson and so many others unnamed and unappreciated, I would not be the joyful and free queer, nonbinary person I am today. We owe our freedoms to these people, and we have denied and failed them theirs for too long.
Because our society systematically neglects them, Black Trans* folks are in desperate need of support in the wake of the pandemic. The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC), an organization founded and ran by Black Trans folks, works to provide them affordable housing, employment opportunities, and access to healthcare.
The Black Trans* folks in our society do not get to celebrate the “freedom” nor “independence” many of us take for granted. Instead of buying that 12-pack, eating takeout, or getting that haircut (nobody can see you anyways!), donate to help support a brighter future for Black Trans* individuals. And put on a damn facemask to protect individuals who can not access healthcare because of their identity.
My goal is to raise $250 with this fundraiser to support the work of the BTAC. I will be donating $ from my (first big-kid) paycheck and will continue to do so monthly. I hope all who are able to can contribute – every dollar makes a difference. Our government is failing these individuals, it is up to us to continually lift their voices and help meet their needs until we can all celebrate independence together.