STAND UNITED WITH THE BLACK LGBTQ+ COMMUNITYResources
This year, the beginning of Pride Month has seen much of the world on the streets, demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other victims of racist police violence.
But Pride and racial justice aren’t mutually exclusive: the first Pride was the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969 led by Black and brown transgender women like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera against the backdrop of the civil-rights movement. Without this uprising, the fight for LGBTQ+ liberation may not have ignited.
Black trans people need our support right now; despite progress in the fight for gay rights, they continue to suffer the potentially lethal consequences of racism and sexism. Nina Pop and Tony McDade are just two of the names in the despairingly long list of Black trans people who were victims of anti-Black, anti-trans violence — who either died at the hands at the hands of police, or whose deaths were largely ignored by police institutions.
So, as part of our ongoing commitment as a creative community to eliminate LGBTQ+ discrimination and dedication towards the Black Lives Matter initiative, we’ve complied a comprehensive guide to help you show support whilst at home:
JOIN VIRTUAL EVENTS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Last June, about 2.5 million people flocked to WorldPride in New York City for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the rebellion against anti-queer policing that Pride is meant to commemorate.
The parade most notable for its scale, attracted a record 150,000 people who marched down 5th Avenue, past the Stonewall National Monument, and through Manhattan. Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Kim Petras were among the many performers who played in festivals throughout the week — all in celebration of the progress LGBTQ people and rights have made over the last half-century.
This year, Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride are bringing Pride celebrations home with Pride Inside – an online series of gigs, comedy shows, panel discussions, and arts-based events.
Pride Inside will take place from Sunday 28 June – Sunday 5 July, continuing the celebration after ‘Global Pride’ on Saturday 27th. It is a chance for those who would have been taking part in Pride events – had they not been postponed due to COVID-19 – to come together and celebrate on a brand-new online platform.
The line-up – which will include an exciting array of LGBTI+ comedians, artists, DJs, musicians and activists – will be announced in due course, meanwhile you can get involved today here.
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PURCHASE PRODUCTS MADE BY BLACK QUEER BRANDS
You can do more to directly support these businesses by purchasing their products, giving them donations, offering resources or sharing their businesses through social media.
Here are just a few inspiring brands that we’ve recently discovered to help get you started:
No Sesso, which means “no sex/no gender” in Italian, is a community-driven brand founded by Pierre Davis.
No Sesso is a brand that has strived to challenge fashion conventions and blur the lines between fashion, art, culture and design.
Their pieces are made for every body and every identity and they aspire to empower people of all colours, shapes and identities through their service of fashion presentations, music performances and social events that push their community into new spaces in the fashion and cultural conversation.
BLACK QUEER MAGIC
Black Queer Magic was founded by Vanessa Miller, a self-taught jewellery artist, social worker and facilitator who is intentional about centering Black LGBTQ people in everything that her brand does.
Vanessa was the artist in residence at The Future MPLS Artist Residency in July 2018 where they offered programming for the Black LGBTQ community. Her work has been featured in Artsy Magazine, Huffington Post, Glamour, and other notable publications.
Destinee Macklin hoped to create a fashion line called Devarcia, named after her father, who was killed in an armed robbery when she was 11 years old. However, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she switched gears into making masks.
Today, she lives with debilitating pain due to complex regional pain syndrome after being struck by a truck in 2018 while on duty as a patrol cop.
Her brand’s cut-and-sew designs are bright and bold, with many pieces made from kente cloth and floral materials.
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🖤✊🏽 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲… 𝐈 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐲 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐭. 🎗 #CRPS Never in a million years did I think I’d be fighting just to get out of bed. Statistics say that 𝟏 𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝟏𝟐𝟒,𝟎𝟎𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 are diagnosed with CRPS with no cure. So I flipped it. I’m now that 1 in every 124,000 that’s not afraid to use my art to become a walking testimony. A walking billboard. My condition is debilitating, but for some reason I feel like I’m finally living more than I ever have before. I may not be able to feel my limbs at times but the way I feel in my heart is priceless… Never Give up…. 🎗 I Sew Love Y’all – Mack #tailormade #tailor #selflove #motivation #encouragment #publicspeaker #motivation #hope #blackblogger #blackbloggersclub #fashiondesigner #isew #isewmyownclothes #floralfabric #raisingawareness
CONTRIBUTE A DONATION TOWARDS NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
There are countless bail funds that you can support to for protestors who have been arrested, but if you want to give to a national organisation that specifically aims to help the LGBTQ+ community, check out the LGBTQ Fund, Trans Justice Funding Project, Emergency Release Fund, The Okra Project, Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, G.L.I.T.S. and For the Gworls.
MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE THROUGH PETITIONS
The Black Lives Matter movement is laser focused on police brutality.
Unfortunately, the deaths of Black trans people often don’t get as much attention or outrage.
So to help defund the police, sign this Black Lives Matter’s petition to show your belief that government funds should be reallocated to organizations that build up the local community instead of being funnelled into police departments.
Transgender citizens also deserve the same and equal protection under the law. But apparently the Trump Administration doesn’t share those values.
Sign this petition made by The Action Network so they can ask that the Department of Health and Human Services cease efforts to exclude Transgender from the definition of “Sex” under Title VII.
AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE AND MAKE A LASTING CHANGE
As a creative community, we want to help make a positive and lasting change, so we’ve decided to optimise our platform by advocating this discussion.
To help, please send us your thoughts or advice on this topic in a few lines – accompanied by a headshot and email email@example.com
This content may then be shared on our Instagram and blog to help educate our audience, if you have any copyright concerns let us know.
Additionally to drive awareness for the Black LGBTQ+ community, share a video to showcase your support and submit this through our app.
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ARE YOU PRO BLACK, OR DO YOU HAVE A FETISH… say no more, this some real truth right here… going to leave this one here…🖤June 7th 2020 👏🏽 Ps: whoever pulled down Edward Colston and chucked him in the river… My ancestors and I salute you! ✌🏾So before you @ me… do your research!! 🧠 #bristol #edwardcolston #blm #blacklivesmatter #londonprotest #london #supportblackart #supportblackartists #usembassy #parliamentsquare #hiswhitestory #colonialism