It’s been one whirlwind of a Pride Month.
June’s not over quite yet (Yes, we agree… This is the longest June EVER), and we have a few ideas concerning how you can keep the Pride celebration going long after this month has passed.
Protest is Pride
2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This year — the riots’ 51st anniversary we’re reminded of how important it is to stand up, shout and demand justice for Black people, people of color, and the LGTBQ+ community.
A recent post by Bobby Berk, one of the beloved “Fab 5,” details how the Stonewall Riots and modern-day protests are related.
“It began in June of 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in NYC’s Greenwich Village,” Berk wrote, and continued:
“Police regularly raided gay bars, often harassing and arresting patrons based on their sexuality. On the night of June 28, black gay men, lesbians, drag queens and trans women lead the fight against the brutality towards the gay community. Riots and protesting continued throughout the night and lasted for several days, becoming what we now know as the Stonewall Uprising, and serving as the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement. And thanks in part to the pioneering individuals who fought back that night, the LGBTQ community has made huge strides since.”
Two prominent members of the LGBTQ community who were part of this riot were Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman and gay rights activist, and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a Black trans woman and transgender rights activist.
Support Black Trans Peoples’ Lives
Black trans people — especially Black trans women — are at a great risk of violence. This fact was sadly reinforced when the news reported that two Black trans women (Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells, 27, of Philadelphia, and Riah Milton, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio) were murdered this past week. A June 14 rally was held outside the Brooklyn Museum to honor their lives and to support trans rights. (Another thing that happened last week: The Trump administration announced that it was “eliminating an Obama-era regulation prohibiting discrimination in health care against patients who are transgender,” CNN reported.)
Also, according to CNN, since the beginning of 2020, “there have been 14 reported murders of trans and gender non-conforming people.” CNN added that the 2019 Human Rights Campaign’s report on anti-transgender violence in the US reported that “the number of deaths of trans people [is] likely undercounted.”
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PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! LINK IN BIO. #BLACKTRANSLIVESMATTER ACTIONS & RESOURCES FOR SOLIDARITY. This Pride Month, let's fight for the people who gave us Pride in the first place. The epidemic of violence against Black trans women continued this week at every level. If you haven't heard about it, you need to get involved. This resource document was a collaborative effort between people who stand in solidarity with Black trans women and wanted to make a difference, and some of the foremost Black trans leaders in community and culture. It is a breathing document, so we welcome your suggestions on additions or amendments. Send us your thoughts at: email@example.com Thank you to @RaquelWillis_, @janetmock, and @Nalasimonet for your oversight and guidance. Thanks to @MsPackyetti, @pfpicardi , and @dj_diabeatic for the beautiful collaboration. *Please feel free to use and share this document widely, and this artwork to help get the word out. Please credit the artist as follows: @lavenderlilacviolet on Instagram; @NymphStory on Twitter. #blacktranslivesmatter #stayhuman #keepshowingup
Does all of that information make your blood boil? If so, click this link. It reveals a document that contains a ton of information on how you can take action to support Black trans people.
Also, consider clicking over here, too. This VICE piece lists organizations that support Black trans people.
Be a Supportive Ally
We all could do better when it comes to using progressive pronouns. And although most people will forgive a person if someone accidentally misgenders them, it’s important to remember why even certain words — in this case, brother and sister — can hurt non-binary and Black folks.
Read the Instagram post below in full to find out why:
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And here’s why: 1. unless you actually share parents with Black people (and wish to express that you only stand with them), you have no reason to believe that we gave you consent to imply familial relations to us. We got enough of that with slavery, when we literally had to take on the family names of our oppressors. We carry these names to this day. You don’t get to loop us into your families because it’s cute. 2. it’s incredibly cisnormative and completely erases my existence. Some of us are neither brothers nor sisters. Some of us exist outside the binary system of gender. Believe it or not, Blackness includes us. Do you stand with us, too? Or no? If reading point number 2 has inspired you to start saying that you stand with your Black “siblings,” refer to point number 1. Instead, just say that you stand with Black PEOPLE. Call us people. We don’t get that a lot and it feels nice and special whenever we do. Plus, who needs a possessive pronoun like “my” in reference to groups that aren’t yours to claim? Sooo pre 1865 😉 And after you’ve said that you stand with us, after you’ve humanized us with your words, humanize us with your actions. Do more than just stand. Move. Act. GO. #blackandqueer #thisiswhatnonbianrylookslike #blacknonbinary #blackqueerlove #performativeallyship #performativeactivism #qtpocownedbusiness #queerownedbusinesses #queerownedandoperated #blackandtrans #blacktranslivesmatter🏳️🌈#nonbinarypoc #nonbinaryvisibility
This may not be the Pride month we all envisioned it would be, and it certainly lacks a lot of glitter and joy. However, this Pride will be one to remember, and perhaps it will help facilitate real change, which is this queer person fully supports.
Abbie Stutzer is a queer, non-binary writer living in Kansas City, MO. You can find them doing witchy stuff at home with their numerous pets or at the local animal shelter saving lives. Contact Stutzer via firstname.lastname@example.org.