Intersectionality: Black-Led LGBTQ Organizations, Important Info, and Black Voices – A Blog Post By Beth Elliot

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Calls to action

Tony McDade, a Black trans man, was killed by the Tallahassee police on May 27. Donate to his family here and call the Tallahassee City Hall at 850-891-0000 to demand a complete and public investigation.

 

Miss Major, a Black trans elder and one of the leaders of the Stonewall Rebellion, relies on crowdfunding to support herself in retirement. Donate to her Fundly page here

 

Donate to These Orgs to Support Black Trans People

 

UUs of Color

BLUU Black Lives UU

DRUUM is a UU People of Color Ministry and anti-racist collective bringing lay and religious professionals together to overcome racism through resistance and transform Unitarian Universalism through our multicultural experiences.

 

POC Mental Health support

https://borislhensonfoundation.org

Ourselves Black

Safe Place App

Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Directory

 

QTPOC in Boulder

Strives to create a safe space for queer and trans people of color and allies through providing a forum for open dialogues on intersectional issues of race, gender, sexuality and more.

CU Boulder QTPOC: https://www.facebook.com/QTPOCCUBOULDER/

Out Boulder County QTPOC: https://www.outboulder.org/qtpoc

 

QTPOC Nationwide

House of GG 

Trans Women of Color in the South creating safe and transformative spaces for the community to heal and nurturing them into tomorrow’s leaders. 

https://houseofgg.org

Trans Justice Funding Project

Community-led funding initiative to support roots trans justice groups run by and for trans people.

https://www.transjusticefundingproject.org

 

The Okra Project

Collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked meals and resources to the community.

https://www.theokraproject.com

 

Youth Breakout

Works to end the criminalization of the LGBTQ youth in New Orleans to build a safer and more just community.

http://www.youthbreakout.org

 

Black Voices

“If you are more bothered by how people react to injustice than you are by the injustice, you are invested in oppression.” -David Kaib

 

“Y’all b like i can excuse the structural genocide of black people but i draw the line at looting” -@lesbianoir

 

““Looting is wrong” say citizens living on stolen land, built by stolen labor, powered by stolen resources from poor countries.” -freedom2thrive

 

“Don’t make us swim through your tears while we fight.” -Ijeoma Oluo

 

“Being a good ally is hard. You have to let go of your ego. You have to get uncomfortable. REALLY uncomfortable. You have to learn. You have to unlearn. You have to call people out- even your family. You have to speak up, but in an appropriate way. You have to give up your time and your energy. It’s not easy. But when you do the work- REALLY do the work, you’re letting your POC friends know they are worth it. That their lives and their love and their futures are worth it. Your actions and your words carry more weight, and so does your silence.” -Somáh Haaland

 

“The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people, it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born a racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you can breathe. It’s not a cold that you get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it is hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.” -Scott Woods

 

“However, in trying to correct this media image- in making a strong division between Good Protestors and Bad Rioters, or between ethical non-violent practitioners and supposedly violent looters- the narrative of criminalization of black youth is reproduced. This time it delineates certain kinds of black youth- those who loot versus those who protest. The effect of this discourse is hardening a permanent category of criminality on black subjects who produce a supposed crime within the context of a protest. It reproduces racist and white supremacist ideologies (including the tactic of divide-and-conquer), deeming some unworthy of our solidarity and protection, marking them, subtly, as legitimate targets of police violence. These days, the police, whose public-facing racism is much more manicured, if no less virulent, argue that “outside agitators” engaged in rioting and looting. Meanwhile, police will consistently praise “non-violent” demonstrators, and claim they want to keep those demonstrators safe.” -Brittany Packnett Cunningham