Yearwood's tale spotlights the ways that intersectional race, gender, and sexual biases occur globally in criminal justice at the same time that it helps to highlight inequitable treatment of gender non-conforming prisoners at home.
Outside of the life and writings of mainstream names such as Bayard Rustin, Audre Lorde and James Baldwin, there are very little primary sources and first person accounts of what life was like for Black LGBTQ people during the time period of the 1950s and 1960s.
My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.
When black people are homophobic, they are doing the oppressor's work for them, and when white queers erase the experiences and efforts of black transgender women and LGBTQ youth of color, they are doing the oppressor's work for them.
How does BlaQueer me cheer on Sturtz for heckling Michelle Obama unless I ignore the racial composition of the encounter? How does BlaQueer me cheer on Michelle Obama for dismissing the heckler unless I ignore Sturtz's position as a second-class citizen vis-à-vis her sexuality?