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Black Transgender Women

Every Breath a Black Trans Woman Takes Is an Act of Revolution

Lourdes Ashley Hunter | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Lourdes Ashley Hunter

In January, there were reports of four brutal murders of Black trans and gender non-conforming people of color. There has been no national outrage over our lives.

Violence Against Black Transgender Women Goes Largely Ignored

The Root | Terrell Jermaine Starr | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices

Elle Hearns was hoping to share in the collective pain other black people were feeling during a Trayvon Martin rally in Columbus, Ohio, in April 2012....

Love and Reflection in Our Work: A Thank You Essay for Reina Gossett

Chase Strangio | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

The first time I heard Reina Gossett speak, she took my breath away. Having just finished my first year of law school, I was caught up in the type of reform narratives that are cognizable to our legal system. Ideas of formal equality, rights, democracy, and participation had already started to replace my notions of justice and revolution.

To Be Black, Trans and Brilliant: Lourdes Ashley Hunter

J Mase III | Posted 09.28.2014 | Black Voices
J Mase III

Lourdes is a self-described black, trans revolutionary, academic and orator residing in Brooklyn. As co-founder of the Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC), she is leading a transformative movement that uplifts the narratives and leadership of trans people of color.

Unsolved Black LGBT Murders: Where's the Outrage? (VIDEO)

Earnest Winborne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne

2013-10-16-blacklgbtmurderstillsmall.pngNoMoreDownLow.TV remembers the victims, talks to parents and friends who are taking action and seeks answers to the question of how to stop this epidemic of violence against our community.

WATCH: New Documentary Highlights Death Of Slain Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.21.2013 | Gay Voices

In November of 2011, Detroit Police identified a burned torso that was found on Detroit's east side, belonging to 19-year-old Shelley Hilliard, a tran...

Check Out 'No Shade,' The Brilliant New LGBT Web Series

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Caution: Video contains sexually frank language. Director and cinematographer Sean Anthony has created a new web series called “No Shade”. It...

Los Angeles Times' Transgender Prostitution Article Sparks Petition

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.19.2013 | Gay Voices

Transgender advocacy group Gender Justice LA recently delivered a petition to The Los Angeles Times following the publication of a controversial Feb. ...

Glennisha Morgan

Why Laverne Cox Doesn't Want To Represent The Entire Transgender Community | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Being the first African-American transgender woman to produce and star in her own television show was something au courant to Laverne Cox. Even on the...

Interview with KOKUMO, Chicago Trans* Activist and Founder of KOKUMOMEDIA

Nico Lang | Posted 11.25.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

It's all about making sure that people know that we have presence. For me pride, is inherent, but power is something that we have yet to get; specifically Trans* women of color.

Looking Under Madea's Dress

Aundaray Guess | Posted 08.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

Why do faith communities accept Madea when they are aware that she is played by a man in drag? Would the same churchgoing audiences accept a man attending their church services in drag? Could that love extend to someone who still has manly features but identifies as a woman?

A Rallying Cry For CeCe, Paige, And Trans Women Everywhere: Your Lives Matter

Janet Mock | Posted 07.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Janet Mock

I will never be silent just because the topic of gender identity and race are uncomfortable. CeCe McDonald, Paige Clay, and other trans women of color are human beings first, and when we turn a blind eye to injustice, we close our hearts and minds on ourselves.

Living Honestly: A Look At African-American Transgender Trailblazers in Ebony

Posted 03.01.2012 | Gay Voices

In its March issue, Ebony magazine is paying tribute to an oft-overlooked segment of the African-American population: the transgender community. "...

The Inseparable Link Between Discrimination, Economic Injustice, And Anti-Transgender Violence

Peggy Shorey | Posted 04.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Peggy Shorey

Deoni Jones was 23 years old, fatally stabbed while waiting at a bus stop in Washington, D.C. Police say they have no evidence that this particular stabbing was related to her gender identity. Regardless, she was one of too many transgender women violently killed.

Overcoming Obstacles As An African-American Transgender Woman

Toni Newman | Posted 04.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

As an African-American transgender woman, I have suffered discrimination, bullying, false arrests, and hatred for just being myself. Fear and shame controlled my life for many years, yet I never had the fear of not finding myself.