June is not only Gus’ birth month, it is also Pride. And June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of annual Pride traditions. Pride started as a riot against police brutality and oppression and was led by Black Trans Women and POC (Marsha P. Johnson, Stormé DeLarverie, Sylvia Rivera). In our country, Transgender people are facing an epidemic of violence. Nearly 3 out of 4 lethal anti-LGBT hate crimes are committed against Trans Women and Girls. In 2019 the Human Rights Campaign stated of Trans or Gender Non-Conforming people that were murdered, 91% of them are Black women. 81% under the age of 30. 83% of deaths occurring from 2013-2019 happened in states without gender identity inclusive hate crime protections. Black Trans Women have a life expectancy of 35-37 years and earn an average annual income of 10k.
Black. Trans. Lives. Matter.
So how can you help? Here are two organizations close to my heart…
Local Seattle Option: Donate to the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network. TWOC Solidarity Network describes their work perfectly stating, “this fund is one element in confronting the systemic economic disempowerment and violence that Two-Spirit, Trans Women and Femmes of Color face in our region. We know that unrestricted financial resources can really make a difference.” By donating you’re helping the TWOC Solidarity Network continue to provide low/no barrier financial support to Trans Women of Color.
National Option: Donate to Trans Justice Funding Project. Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative that support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. Over the last seven years, a panel of six trans justice activists reviewed 1,118 grant applications, have given away 903 grants through our community-led process. Every penny they raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because they truly believe in trans leadership.
Until June 30th, if you DM me proof of a $10 or more donation to one of these two organizations and I’ll send you a coupon code to receive $10 off your order!
LETS LEVERAGE OUR PRIVILEGE and keep doing the work.
Love you all,