If you look at, give to or share one thing today, let it be this campaign for MAJOR! an oral history project on the one and only Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a true revolutionary, legend and all around badass.
Know. Your. Legends.
Footage from Islan Nettles’s vigil in Harlem. It shows exactly why I felt moved to write a letter to my sisters who stood witness to an event in which cis people took up way too much space.
Yesterday we were thanked for being silent and respectful to a grieving family seated center stage. We were instructed to keep politics at the door though politicians had a front-row seat with camera crews readied for their election year soundbites. …
The only reason I left not feeling defeated was because of you, in all your resilience, beauty, brilliance and ferocity. You held me up, you told me that we would get through, and you showed up despite knowing the open secret we all carry: that Islan was not the first to fall and she will not be the last.”
Flyer for tonight’s (8/27) vigil for Islan Nettles, a 21 year old trans woman of color who died from sustained injuries after a senseless brutal attack on August 22, 2013 on the streets of Harlem.
Tonight, we will return to this streets and speak her name.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013
JACKIE ROBINSON PARK
Entrance at 148th and Bradhurst Avenue
Harlem, New York,10039
This is what legendary looks like.
Thank you Miss Major for your forty years-plus of work, for paving the path for us, for making me proud to be a trans woman of color, for reminding us that we can gather in celebration of our living as well as our fallen.
You. Are. Major.
Pictured with Laverne Cox, reina gossett, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and KOKUMO at the August 26th naming ceremony of the Miss Major-Jay Toole Building for Social Justice in NYC.
I am writing this blog tonight in response to recent events which have taken place. Domonique Newburn (Fontana, California), Islan Nettles (Harlem, New York) and a young trans woman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were all murdered in the same week. All were trans women of color.
Tonight I am…
Koko - my dear older sister. You are so powerful, standing in your vulnerability. And I love you. Thank you for writing the unspeakable.
A breakout #GirlsLikeUs list of trans women of color on Twitter.
This is only a partial exhibition of the brilliant trans women of color I know who are on Twitter.
It is not enough that we speak #TWoC names when violence meets our bodies and that of our sisters. We must know and speak these names (and many others) daily in various spaces.
WE are, and have, always resisted, and you should know our names.
i made a twoc Facebook group today b/c the white trans women group was allll kinds of racist.
and then white women from the group try to add me/befriend me b/c of me calling out racism?? i don’t understand.. and i don’t want to.
I’ve joined this group, and it’s made my life. I don’t even care for Facebook, but this will make me way more active. Connecting with my sisters is never a waste of time!
TW: transmisogyny, racism, violence directed at camab trans people of color
There is a place in this world full of horror, untranslatable. Here, in the midst of violence inconceivable, we struggle. Would you envy us, if you knew?
As trans women and camab trans people of color, we inhabit a…
Learn it, and learn it well - from the brilliant minds behind a new space called Tranny Power which is ”a Take-Shit-From-No-One TWOC (trans women/femmes/genderescents of color) blog.”
And yes, this blog is a reclamation of a word that still stings many women - so please if you’re not a trans woman don’t go around shouting “Tranny” as your own.