You TransGriot readers know that I have been pushing for the NAACP to end the silence, say the words Black Trans Lives Matter, and start aggressively backing them up with policy.
Yesterday afternoon during the NAACP convention happening in Detroit two longtime freinds of mine and fierce Detroit SGL leaders in Michelle Elizbeth Brown and Curtis Lipscomb were on a livestreamed townhall entitled The State of the LGBTQ POC In America town hall that was moderated by Keith Boykin.
Wish I could have seen this panel live, but I did get to see it on the NAACP convention website and was pleased that a trans person was on that panel.
Maybe next year we can get a panel at an NAACP convention that specifically talks about the issues that black trans people have to navigate in our community.
It was once again a needed and necessary conversation to have in that space, We need our community’s oldest civil rights org to recognize that Black TBLGQ people exist. We also need the NAACP to open their mouths and consistently say that Black trans lives matter.
But thanks for a wonderful and much needed conversation.