Appearance privilege has played a part in the realization of what exactly cis-hetero society accepts and rejects. For the safety of our trans community, it's imperative to break the chain. It's imperative to break traditional binary.
It is not the role of transgender people to teach cisgender people anything for free. Solidarity with the trans community is not a retweet, like or Facebook share. Solidarity is informed, intentional, recurring sustainable acts of service.
Black Lives Matter Means Trans Lives Matter: Why We Need To Address The Violence Against Black Trans Women
Tata Sanchez, was desperately seeking help as she pounded on the front door of a home in Compton, California in the early morning hours just before dawn. She was shot and killed. One moment Tata, a black trans woman, was here and the next she was not. Her life mattered.
"When people try to come at me with hate and negativity now that I'm living in my truth, I don't even acknowledge it. It's like it doesn't even register. I don't ask for your understanding. But what I do ask for and demand is your respect."
"I don't consider myself a fetish. I consider myself a woman. A lot of people don't know about trans women of color. We live our lives completely different from a gay man or a drag queen. I'm a woman, respect me. Or get out. Simple as that."
"I actually am a person. I actually function the same way everyone else does. Just treat me accordingly is all I ask for. No matter how many times the world wants to stone me for my truth, I'm going to keep my head up."
There have been countless trans women of color who became activists, often in an instant, for trans people and people of color everywhere by bravely daring to stand up for their humanity and demand equal rights and visibility. Here are just eleven who are helping to revolutionize the fight for equality today through activism, artistry and the arts.