“Every Breath that a Trans Person Takes is an Act of Revolution.” -Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Executive Director, Trans Women Of Color Collective
One transgender woman has been murdered every week since the start of the new year. Let that sink in. It is painful to think of the conversation we could have on December 31 if this horrific trend continues.
Do you know their names?
· Ty Underwood, 24
· Bri Golec, 22
· Lamia Beard, 30
· Penny Proud, 21
· Taja DeJeus, 36
· Yazmin Vash Payne, 33
· Khristina GrantInfiniti , 45 and the latest murder
· Goddess Edwards, 20. Unfortunately, she was mis-gendered by the media, including LGBTQ publications.
These women were friends, sisters, cousins, daughters, lovers, and worthy of life. These women were murdered and then their memories further insulted by the media and those who accept a reality that transphobia, mis-gendering, mocking, erasure and victim blaming is acceptable, because these were transwomen.
These murders intersect at complex issues that trans leaders have been speaking about and addressing while growing a movement of trans liberation for quite some time now. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.
In an essay, Janet Mock, so perfectly penned her feelings about these recent murders and more so how “Trans women of color dangerously fall in between the cracks of racial justice, feminist and LGbt movements.” I encourage everyone to read it. Trans women of color are the most vulnerable and most under represented and served in the LGBTQ community. This has to change.
Over the last year, I have been humbled by conversations with trans leaders that have transformed my personal level of commitment to solidarity with our trans community. Their work, their dedication and their unwavering commitment to the dismantling of structural erasure is inspiring and revolutionary.
I wanted to share some things that I have learned from the trans community about what we can all do to build solidarity, help protect our trans family and hold LGBTQ organizations accountable to serving our entire rainbow.
Doing Nothing Is No Longer An Option
I want to be very clear, these are not my original ideas. They belong to women who have been on the ground, doing work in the Trans community; women like Queen Godddess Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Queen Goddess Katrina Goodlette, Angelica Ross, Janet Mock, Ruby Corado, Andy Bowen, and countless others.
Trans women are being murdered…weekly! We can no longer sit in our cisgender privilege and do nothing.