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.
Dee Dee Watters is a key leader in Texas and in Black Trans Women, Inc. In that appendix, I quoted from two interviews Dee Dee has done with Transfaith.
- In “Focus on the Individual: Five Questions with Dee Dee Watters,” she spoke about the need for employment opportunities.
- Dee Dee also did a short interview with Transfaith after the “Do ALL Black Lives Matter?” live session with Diamond Stylz and Monica Roberts. In “A Prayer for Black Trans Women,” Watters talks about what solidarity looks like
However, those conversations were followups to this important live presentation from the powerful women of Black Trans Women, Inc — Diamond Stylz, Dee Dee Watters, and Monica Roberts.
Black Trans Women, Inc. which is a national organization that provides one great way to support Black transgender women broadly. Still, as I name in the book, researching where Black transgender women gather in your local area is another important step.
You can find more about Dee Dee Watters specifically at http://deedeewatters.com/.
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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