Transgender women of color are pioneers of the LGBTQ-rights movement. Why are they still fighting for their lives?

Transgender women of color are pioneers of the LGBTQ-rights movement. Why are they still fighting for their lives?

The start of LGBTQ Pride Month came with an exciting announcement in New York City: Two pioneering transgender activists, vanguards of the gay-liberation movement, would be getting statues in Greenwich Village, immortalizing their vital roles in the 1969 Stonewall rebellion — which has its 50th anniversary this year and is widely considered to be the official start of the movement.

2 thoughts on “Transgender women of color are pioneers of the LGBTQ-rights movement. Why are they still fighting for their lives?

  1. All those recent news article about the death of black trans-women literally kept making me soooo upset if not straight bring me to tears! It’s already so hard being trans, I can’t even imagine having to deal with racism on top of it….. 😢

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    This is not as much about Racism as it is about Patriarchy, Misogyny, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia – Hatred among both the Black and Hispanic communities.

    ‘When We Rise’ (2017) was a docu-drama on ABC TV that was promoted as pro-LGBT.

    (http://abc.go.com/shows/when-we-rise/about-the-show)
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_We_Rise)
    (http://abc.go.com/shows/when-we-rise)
    (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5292622/)

    There was a confrontation among the Black community in ‘When We Rise’. It was one scene, one character, one line. It spoke volumes.

    Said one of the community’s elders:

    – ‘There is no Gay in a real Black man. No real Black man is a Homosexual.’

    It is that pervasive misconceived sense – that any Gay Black (or Hispanic) man is not a ‘real’ man – among Black (and Hispanic) is exactly what put that comment into this drama.

    Likewise, Hispanic ‘macho’ – homosexuality is beneath the dignity of a ‘real’ man, therefore, there is no such ‘real’ man who is a Homosexual Hispanic male.

    The truth is that Homosexuality, Transsexuality, the entire LGBT and straight rainbow are as much a ‘real’ man, or woman, as any other. It is with their blindness that they do not see.

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