As a global movement to end racial injustice continues, a voice that is often underrepresented or altogether absent is that of the Black trans community. Within this fight, it is important to remember that intersectionality exists, often compounding the effects of violence and discrimination. It is also important to remember that oppression exists even within marginalized groups.
This year in the U.S. alone, at least 18 transgender/gender non-conforming people have been murdered, many of whom were Black. This number will, unfortunately, grow as hatred and transphobia persist and the federal government challenges the rights of trans people in the security of their homes, jobs, and education.
Yet even with these protections, discrimination often leads to homelessness, poverty, and susceptibility to disproportionate levels of violence and disease, especially in the midst of a global pandemic.
Many Black trans people do not expect to live to see their thirties. It is a blessing if you make it past your twenties, many confide. If it isn’t violence that kills them, it is destitution.
By donating to this campaign, you are actively protecting Black trans people. If your brand of justice doesn’t currently include them, it’s time to rebrand. To stand for Black lives also means standing for Black trans lives. Black trans people want and deserve to be more than headlines about their own deaths. We need to protect, honor, and celebrate them for their lives.
Donations to the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition go toward three primary efforts:
1) COVID-19 relief in the form of providing Black trans people with personal protective equipment and preventive care items
2) Grants that provide rapid response funds to Black trans individuals needing emergency food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and health care
3) Advocating to end poverty, discrimination, and human inequities faced in health, employment, housing, and education. BTAC is also the only social justice organization of its kind that is entirely led by Black trans people.