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3 Black Trans and Non-Binary People on Violence, BLM, and the Future

3 Black Trans and Non-Binary People on Violence, BLM, and the Future

What each of us now fear most—violence, illness, bankruptcy, loss—may be the most revealing indicator of how we’re each suffering. Our privilege, meanwhile, is revealed in where we find peace: the peace of responding to issues of social justice as a matter of moral decision-making rather than reacting out of imminent personal necessity. The peace of treatment for, or safety from, disease. The peace of being safe in a body, or even on a familiar block, in a familiar neighborhood, with familiar people. 

In August, three Black trans women were attacked by two men as they waited for an Uber in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Bystanders heckled them, rather than helping. Between the initial arrest, release, and the final charges brought against their attackers, murdered and missing trans women have continued to trend on Twitter

I spoke to Aurora Lloyd, a D.C. singer and songwriter who works with True Colors United and A Way Home America; Khai St. Lawrence, a wardrobe stylist in West Hollywood; and Kameron Davis, from New Orleans—three Black trans women who reacted to the violent story with their own accounts of safety and passing, allyship and acknowledgement. 

For Black trans women in particular, we have to protect ourselves from bigots on the street and bigotry in our own community.

Thanks so much for doing this, everyone. We know about terms like “intersectionality.” What is…

3 Black Trans and Non-Binary People on Violence, BLM, and the Future – Repeller

What each of us now fear most-violence, illness, bankruptcy, loss-may be the most revealing indicator of how we’re each suffering. Our privilege, meanwhile, is revealed in where we find peace: the peace of responding to issues of social justice as a matter of moral decision-making rather than reacting out of imminent personal necessity.



3 Black Trans and Non-Binary People on Violence, BLM, and the Future

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