If you are wishing to become competent on transgender human rights issues, wouldn’t hurt for you to hire the people who are experts at it and who are also culturally competent in the issues that ail Black America as well-TransGriot, June 2015
Been talking about this it seems for years on this blog, and I and Black Trans America are still waiting for our legacy orgs to actually hire Black trans folks to do advocay work for ours and the Black TBLGQ community.
Black trans women are and have been in a state of emergency for the last several years. We’re getting slaughtered out there, without even a peeps from our legacy orgs or even Black politicians at the national stating that our Black Lives Matter.
“Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself. Some of you have lived freely for decades. Others of you are still wondering how you can possibly live the lives you were born to lead. But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. Please know that history is on your side.”
This country was founded on a promise of equal rights for all, and we have always managed to move closer to that promise, little by little, one day at a time. It may not be easy—but we’ll get there together.
Where y’all at NAACP? Your silence as trans people’s humanity and human rights have been attacked has been deafening. Black trans folks, their parents, and their supporters need to see and hear the nation’s most respected and legendary civil rights organization stand up for Black transgender Americans the way you did for our people over much of the 20th century.