Last week I reached 5 years on testosterone, which I began on June 3rd, 2015! If you’ve got questions about testosterone, please see this page.
If you’d like to celebrate with me, please donate to one of the funds below to help Black trans folks out during this time.
My transition—and many of our rights as LGBTQ+ folks—would not be possible without the activism & sacrifice of Black trans folks, especially Black trans women, who were key players in the start of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman, was a key figure in the Stonewall Riots of 1969 — the police riots that gave birth to Pride.
From their website: “Power without action is useless. The Marsha P. Johnson Institute joins you in responding to unjust violence systemically, physically and structurally as it happens to BLACK transgender people. We challenge the entities, politicians, and structures that create a breeding ground for hate to grow. Support is free and it doesn’t cost a thing to offer your love, but when you become a partner, you help us employ black trans people, build more strategic campaigns, launch winning initiatives, and interrupt the people who are standing in the way of more being possible in the world for BLACK Trans people, and all people. The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is here to make those who exploit and enforce domination against our community uncomfortable. Being the champion for solutions is the legacy of our namesake and it is our goal to continue that legacy by championing solutions for BLACK people in the US, we are offering a new reality for BLACK trans people in America. Our commitment is forever. Help us make it happen.”
@glits_inc is supporting Black trans people who are leaving prison and need housing.
From their website: “The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. We make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application we receive. We center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trans leadership.”
Tony McDade was a Black trans man who was shot and killed by the Tallahassee Police Department in late May. News sources misgendered him and barely anyone talked about it. The officers who killed him still have not been named by Tallahassee PD. Donate to his family (his mother) in his honor and memorial and help them fight for justice.