Trans pride is much easier to declare and maintain when everything and every happy-happy joy-joy positive image about being trans in America reflects a vanillacentric heritage. It’s easier to be proud of being trans when the history of the community overwhelmingly reflects you. It’s easier to be proud of being trans when the leadership ranks and people driving the policy agenda and thinking look like you and the voices speaking for it are predominately white. It’s also easier to be an out and proud trans person when you’re not facing a life and death struggle to survive and off the charts violence aimed at you as evidenced in DC lately.
We must also call out and put an end to the anti-trans bigotry and hatred aimed at us from people inside and outside the African American community, including our LGB/SGL brothers and sisters.
I’m going to do that even if I am the only person or blog doing so. It’s past time my diverse hometown had trans leadership and a trans community that reflects the city of Houston’s diversity
Starting today, the ‘T’ will no longer be silent for transpeople of color in Houston or the state of Texas. I am busy compiling a short term and long term plan to help achieve that long needed goal.
And yes, that diversity needs to happen on the national level as well.
We Black trans people are starting that process of closing ranks with our African descended GLB/SGL brothers and sisters in order to be a stronger, more cohesive part of the communities we intersect with we must have that happen.
The African American TBLG community and the overall African American community needs our talents that we bring to the table and we can no longer afford to waste or ignore them. At the same time, we African descended trans people have to own our power and do our part as well.
But it all starts Black trans community with us being proud of who we are and demanding our human rights. It’s all about a comprehensive program that addresses the shame and guilt issues, aggressively attacks our problems, builds pride and self esteem and channels that pride and self esteem into action that will uplift our entire community.
Say it loud, we’re Black, transgender and proud. Name it, claim it and own that label.Now let’s get busy closing ranks so that we can become a greater, more powerful, more cohesive part of the African American community and the trans one as well.