Posted on August 22, 2014 at 6:01 PM
side note: i don’t like the “next civil rights” language on the cover because it erases the fact that laverne’s experiences aren’t just that of being a trans woman. laverne cox is a black trans woman. that is important.
to suggest that the ongoing lack of civil rights for black folks in this country doesn’t directly inform the particular form of transmisogyny she receives is ridiculous in a world where black trans women are disproportionately affected by both physical and economic violence.
yes to above re: civil rights stuff
but it also kinda sticks in my craw
that a Black trans woman (and other twoc)
ALREADY STARTED A MOVEMENT
on a day 40 or so years ago.
Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera and a whole bunch of other twoc/trans feminine poc
decided they’d had enough and fucking started a riot
this riot was the proverbial match to powder keg
that started what has turned into a global movement
two years after they started this movement
Sylvia Rivera (and all twoc but her specifically) was being thrown under the bus by the GLF
marking the beginning of the total co-opting and occupation of a movement started by twoc (who were also often sex workers, street people, etc.), by white cis gays and white cis lesbians.
Laverne Cox is fucking awesome
But what she represents and what she is accomplishing (Janet Mock too and other notable twoc right now — Carmen Carera)
is actually more amazing in its proper historical context
because not only are they elevating and pushing the status of twoc and centering us in a hostile environment
but they are also managing to finally finally wrest back the legacy of those who came before from the people who stole it in the first place.
On point commentary x
Add in the Compton cafeteria and the Philly riot and things become even more clear.
In the 1960’s, the trans community finally had had enough and started letting people know they weren’t going to take their shit any more.
It took happening in the largest city in the world to get notice, and the involvement of sex workers and other folks who refused to do from to gender expression requirements to bust out.
The trans rights movement is not a new struggle. It is directly tied to and part of the same struggle, and twoc have always been at the front of it unless white folks work against us.
And also, if I remember correctly, Compton Cafeteria ALSO out an end to the police raids, spawned revolutionary queer groups, and all that shit that Stonewall basically did, like five years earlier. Only, since it was pretty much all sex working tgirls and queens, the cis gays didn’t commemorate “Liberation Day” festivals and such for them. They didn’t really want much to do with them at all. So there’s that.
Allll of this. And the fact that these trans Women of Color were sex workers was not incidental. It was key. It was the reason why they were being harassed by the cops, which is not to say the cops wouldn’t come up with another reason if they had to but that the The Stonewall Inn and the Compton Cafeteria were seen as acceptable targets largely because they were known hangouts for gay hustlers and trans street workers like Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Sylvia Rivera, Felicia Elizondo, Amanda St. Jaymes, and Tamara Ching. These survival sex workers kickstarted the modern sex workers’ rights movement as well as the modern gay rights and trans rights movements, and it’s no coincidence they’re often erased from that, too. Modern sex workers’ rights has become a bizarre hybrid of identity politics and sex positivist ideology, when historically it’s been about economic justice and ending the policing of marginalized communities. It’s necessarily radical, not respectable, and even though respectability is touted as a necessary concession for social progress to happen, that’s simply not how movements coalesce and catalyze.
(via notyourexrotic)Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM
Sex Education in American Public Schools
(via myqueersexytime)Posted on August 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM
Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM
All queer spaces need these posted
3a. Don’t take unsolicited photos of queer folk. It is a violation of our privacy. We are not theme park attractions.
(Yes, I’ve had this happen to me before…a gaggle of cis straight women photographed me making out with a woman).
3b. Don’t try to play “spot the trans person”
8. Do not assume everyone who you think appears to be in a cis-straight relationship actually is cis and straight.
9. DO NOT MISGENDER PEOPLE.
10. DO NOT CALL ANYONE A SLUR (F word, T word,…)
11. When called out for any of the above, apologise. DON’T GET DEFENSIVE!
Posted on August 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM
This post is eveeeeeeeerything
Darren Baptiste is a Professional App Developer from Canada and recently he decided to help bring awareness to the very serious issue of Police Brutality. The relationship between the police and the Black Community has never been good. The Police enforce laws of a system that aids the agenda of White supremacy and a country founded on racism and murder.Darren has experienced countless cases of Police Brutality in his lifetime and ever since the emergence of the internet anyone can see the atrocious cases of brutality on YouTube. Darren is wise enough to know that the Police cause a lot of the issues and use their badge, gun and law as protection when they brutalize people in the Black Community. A Black Person’s word means nothing against a Cops word in court.The “Cop Watch” app begins shooting automatically once it’s opened, and as soon as recording is stopped, instantly uploads to YouTube. At the same time, an email is sent to a community-based Network for the Elimination of Police Violence , with the videographer’s location and a URL for the video. This app provides evidence in the favor of our people to help combat a serious issue. Baptiste designed the app to feature the “Eye of Horus” as a symbol of protection. Salute to Darren for taking a stand against Police Brutality.Written By: @Champion_Us
Happy black history month
(via bookishboi)Posted on August 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM
People need to stop perpetuating the myth that polyamory can’t be healthy.
(via pervertsofcolor)Posted on August 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM
—Raoul Vaneigem, The Revolution of Everyday Life: The Perspective of Power (1967) Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM
"You’re telling me that
women non-men just spend their whole day navigating an obstacle course of sexual menace?”
Posted on August 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM
I am absolutely, completely, utterly obsessed with John Edmond’s work and I think you should be too. Edmonds says that his work is currently concerned with examining the “the external and internal violence that is implicated through the bodies of men on the margins of society.”
Hurrah for images that portray the black male body in a manner that isn’t either threatening or hypersexual.
this is beautiful