Today marks my 6th year on testosterone, which I began on June 3rd, 2015.
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.”
@BlackTransRentRelief works to support Black trans folks in need to pay their rent. Black trans folks are disproportionately affected by homelessness, discrimination, and more.
@BlackXCollective works to support Black trans folks.
From their website: “In 2015 Joshua Allen and CeCe McDonald came together to form the Black Excellence Collective. A grassroots organizing collective for and by Black trans/queer youth to organize for our collective liberation using art, direct action & political education.”
@BlackTransTravelFund works to support Black trans women and their safety.
From their website: “Donated funds are redistributed directly to Black trans women in need, who can then have the autonomy to purchase private car ride services, purchase gas for their own vehicles, pay family or friends for a ride, or other alternatives of their choosing that best suit their comfort and needs.”
@ForTheGworls works to support Black trans women in paying rent and for medical transition.