There is so much talk about Black transgender women and death that I compiled an appendix in In Remembrance of Me, Bearing Witness to Transgender Tragedy on how we can be better allies to them. For all the talk about the statistics, allies (other trans folk included) are often almost entirely irrelevant to transgender women of color too much of the time.
When we created the Toolkit for TDOR Organizers in 2013, Angelica Ross wrote the third article in that core of the toolkit and it focused on “Taking Transgender Women of Color Seriously.” Angelica has gone on to become a well-known celebrity through her appearances on PoseFX and American Horror Story: 1984, but before all that blew up, she was already an entrepreneurial activist through Trans Tech Social Enterprises, which she founded.
Miss Ross framed 5 points in her toolkit article, which I also used to frame my appendix on “Supporting Black Transgender Women”:
- Reach Out
- Be more than an ally…
- Extend Your Privilege
- Raise Awareness
- Love as an ACTION
Read the whole thing for yourself!
Get your copy of In Remembrance of Me, Bearing Witness to Transgender Tragedy: An OtherWise Reflection Guide to get deep wisdom around themes such as grief, self-care, repentance, and our ancestral traditions. These short meditations provide an entry point for thinking and feeling around themes such as Transgender Day of Remembrance and other tragedies haunting transgender communities.
Compiled by Mx Chris Paige on February 22, 2020.
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