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Dear Friends & Community,

We are writing to let you know of a community member who needs support after going through a major health crisis. Many of you know Egyptt, a long time activist and advocate for low income, trans communities of color.

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reblogging this in light of Janet Mock’s brilliant insights on crowdfunding for trans women of color and in hopes that more and more people share this alongside  KOKUMO’s and Ja’briel Walthour’s fundraisers.  Please support all three by all the means you can!

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I’ve known Ja’briel via email for the past two years, and in each email she sends me positivity, love and light. She consistently tells me stories of being one of the only out trans women in her community of Hinesville, Georgia, where she drives a school bus for special needs students and consistently educates people on trans issues. She is always positive, always educating, always doing the work. 

It’s our turn to lift her up. She needs us.

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Happy Birthday Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson!

Guest Post by Reina Gossett

A picture of a smiling, decadently beautiful flower arrangement hat wearing Marsha "Pay It No Mind" Johnson

Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson

A few months ago I took the PATH train to Hoboken with my artistic collaborator Sasha Wortzel to interview Randy Wicker for a film we are making about Sylvia Rivera.  Randy is one of the few surviving members of Mattachine Society, an early queer radical organizing group in the US. Randy’s apartment is an archival space containing vital history, some shared visually through the photographs on Randy’s refrigerator door, other pieces held in the clothes adorning the wall, but most of it Randy passes to you through stories.  Randy befriended both Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera and having lived with both them for a total of 14 years Randy has a wealth of stories to share.

 When I think about how Randy shares history through storytelling, I am reminded of the many trans people who would be have been elders not alive today.  I think about the stories they might be telling today and in particular,  I wish to hear stories directly from people like Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson, a revolutionary who was amongst the first to fight back against the racist & homophobic police at Stonewall.

 After occupying Weinstein Hall at New York University for nearly a week in response to their homophobic policies, Marsha helped form STAR: Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. Marsha also traded sex for money and organized with other people in the sex trade in New York City’s Times Square &  West Village. She galvanized people from inside jails and prisons, as well as created home for them in the form of STAR House in Manhattan’s Lower East Side even after her husband was murdered by an off duty NYPD officer.  She was an incredible performer, touring with the performance group Hot Peaches. She saved Sylvia Rivera’s life numerous times. As an HIV positive person, she organized AIDS vigils, navigated mental illness, and was a mother to a generation of trans and gender nonconforming people in New York City.  She was also one the many Black trans people to be found dead, in her case, in the Hudson River after Gay Pride in 1992.

Marsha P Johnson holds part of a banner in a street action.

Marsha on the Move

 Marsha’s story forces me to confront the physical violence that stops some trans women from ever becoming elders. This historical violence elevates some lives, names them as important to know through their tragic deaths while erasing the lives & legacies of others.

 Whether it knows it or not, the current LGBT movement owes a huge debt to this hirstory created by a long legacy of people who identified as drag queens, drag kings, transvestites, cross dressers, genderqueer and those who move between and evolve their language for their gender identity and gender expression in ways that are confrontational, provocative and humor filled.

 Since the early days following Stonewall LGBT organizations like the Gay Activist Alliance (GAA) and Lesbian Feminist Liberation began championing the assimilation imperative, believing that if the law -in their case the anti-discrimination bill Intro 475- said good things about gays and lesbians then they would be free.  The effects of this strategy were felt most violently by the people who couldn’t or wouldn’t assimilate into the white professional gay image of  these organizations.  In an interview with Bob Kohler, Marsha described her experience going to one of GAA’s meetings:

   I went to GAA one time and everybody turned around and looked…they weren’t friendly at all.  It’s just typical.  They’re not used to seeing transvestites in female attire…When they see me or Sylvia come in, they just turn around and they look hard.

The assimilation imperative became so overwhelming that trans people were kicked off the protected identities list in the anti-discrimination bill in hopes that it would pass New York City Council more quickly.  As Sylvia put it in an 1992 interview with Randy Wicker on the Christopher Street Pier, Marsha P Johnson, Bubbles Rose Marie, and other street queens catalyzed the movement for gay liberation only to be violently kicked out & exiled “when drag queens were no longer needed in the movement!” This violence continues today through the historical erasure of the  many contributions of Sylvia & Marsha, sex workers, homeless people, people of color and poor trans people from the riots at Stonewall.

 Today the LGBT equality movement functions as the primary vehicle for assimilation, the container into which we are supposed to pour all of our energy & resources.  And to what end? Narrow demands such as entry into a military that generate profits through waging war and killing people via the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the fortifying of prison systems through the Matthew Shepard & James Bryd Jr. Acts   do not mean that the police, courts, and prisons will never protect us.  Until recently these groups were widely understood to be our most significant predators, designed to control our lives and deliver our deaths.

 As many of us have pointed out, equality demands that we don’t intervene on neo-liberal economic policies like gentrification of people of color neighborhoods. These policies haven’t stopped racism, ableism, or sexism in the workforce nor have they prevented the targeting of black trans women for extinction.  They don’t stop the immigration system from making some lives nearly impossible nor do they end the ongoing occupation of indigenous land in the US.  These are not systems we should be demanding to be allowed to join.

One of the most insidious aspects of the assimilation imperative is its ability to shut down alternate visions of how communities can support themselves and work towards liberation, whether through abolishing the prison industrial complex or starting a recreation center, these strategies have been eclipsed by the resources and scope of the LGBT equality movement.

 In contrast to the equality movement assimilation strategies, Marsha P Johnson laid out a clear freedom dream during her interview “RAPPING WITH A STREET TRANSVESTITE REVOLUTIONARY” with Bob Kohler.  She told Bob:

   STAR is a very revolutionary group.  We believe in picking up the gun, starting a revolution if necessary.  Our main goal is to see gay people liberated and free…We’d like to see our gay brothers and sisters out of jail and on the streets again.  There are a lot of gay transvestites who have been in jail for no reason at all, and the reason why they don’t get out is they can’t get a lawyer or bail.

 Marsha also had concrete strategies to achieve those goals:

  I would like to see STAR with a big bank account like we had before, and I’d like to see that STAR home again…We’re going to be doing STAR dances, open a new STAR home, a STAR telephone, 24 hours a day, a STAR recreation center.  But this is after our bank account is pretty well together.  And plus we’re going to have a bail fun for every transvestite that’s arrested, to see they get out on bail, and see if we can get a STAR lawyer to help transvestites in court.

 The GOOD NEWS is the freedom dream STAR, Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Bubbles Rose Marie, Andorra and Bambi laid out is alive and well, especially around ending the criminalization of trans and gender non conforming people of color.

Yesterday while many were celebrating the Supreme Courts decision on DOMA, Queerocracy gathered where Marsha P Johnson helped kick off to the Stonewall Rebellion to speak out against HIV Criminalization, an issue that affects many communities left behind by the mainstream equality movement.

Marsha P Johnson holding a sign that reads "STAR PEOPLE ARE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE"


 Today in the shadow of the equality movement many of us strive to hold Marsha’s bold desire to end isolation of incarcerated trans and gender non conforming people.  Miss Major, a trans elder who took part in the Stonewall rebellion who continues Marsha’s legacy through her work with the Transgender Intersex Justice Project.  The Lorena Borjas Fund, founded by Lorena Borjas works to address the problem Marsha P Johnson named of not being able to get out of jail because you can’t afford bail or a lawyer.  FIERCE, Streetwise and Safe as well as Queers for Economic Justice organize with low income LGBTQ people who are navigating poverty, homelessness and policing to fight back and build strong communities.  The Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides free legal services, a prison pen pal postcard project, the In Solidarity newsletter in an attempt to meet Marsha P Johnson’s vision.

 Tomorrow Trans Justice of the Audre Lorde Project will host the annual 9th Trans Day of Action, where TGNC People of Color and allies will take on the streets of New York City once again and demand justice and to let the world know that the Stonewall rebellion is not over and we will continue fighting for justice and raising our voices until we are heard.

 We do this work in order to fight back against transphobia, colonization racism, ableism, xenophobia and homophobia.  We do this work to build strong communities and support each other.  We do this work with Marsha’s spirit to build an even strong self determination movement that we can all make home.

 Reina Gossett joined the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in July of 2010 as the membership coordinator.  Along with Gabriel Foster she will staff the newly created Movement Building Team, working to develop SRLP’s membership and community organizing work.  She believes creativity & imagination are crucial for growing strong communities and practicing self determination.  She also loves making collages, watching re-runs of Battlestar Galatactica and reading anything illustrated by Diane & Leo Dillon.

Happy Birthday Marsha P Johnson! thanks to the CFC for letting me share my love for all things Marsha Pay it No Mind Johnson!

{ TOMORROW: The 9th Annual Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice [New York, USA] }

posted by Audre Lorde Project:

Friday, June 28th - 2:00 - 5:00 PM

COME RAIN OR SHINE! Please come prepared for the weather!

We call for our communities of Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) People of Color (POC) and our allies come together and join TransJustice as we mobilize for our 9th annual NYC Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice!

This year we are excited to celebrate the resiliency of our communities, call for social and economic justice, and raise awareness of the many pressing issues TGNC POC face. On Friday, June 28th, the 44th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, we will lift up and celebrate the legacy of the amazing TGNC POC warriors that have paved the way for our movements today, and continue the struggle for justice, liberation, and recognition for all oppressed people across the globe.

Come join us for a rally and march at the Christopher Street Pier on Friday, June 28th, from 2:00-5:00 pm, and help us honor, celebrate, and lift up the amazing work of TGNC POC everywhere!

For More Information, email Elliott at or call 212.463.0342 ext. 13,

To Endorse TDOA, email

Endorsement deadline will be Thursday, June 27th at 5PM.

Read More at this facebook link [Warning for mentions of bigoted violence]

ALSO there’s a call for volunteers (link):

Looking for volunteers for this Friday’s Trans Day of Action 2013!

The Audre Lorde Project’s TransJustice Program is excited for our 9th Annual Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice and we need your support!

We are looking for volunteers for this Friday, June 28th.

Here are the 2 shifts that need support:

First Shift: 12:30pm- 3:00pm
Second Shift: 3:00pm-5:30pm

Volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, security and wellness support.

Also, if you are a registered nurse please let us know if you can volunteer too!

We will be meeting at the Christopher St. Piers at Pier 45.

**Appreciation, Snacks and Metro cards will be provided**

To volunteer contact Irma Bajar at

and indicate which shift you are available for.


via Sylvia Rivera Law Project facebook post (link):

What are YOU doing this Friday? Come meet up with us at 12 noon at SRLP so we can travel over together. 147 W 24th St, 5th Floor (btwn 6th & 7th). Building has elevator. Snacks and Metrocards available. See you there!

{ Kimberly McCarthy was murdered by the state yesterday }

Kimberley McCarthy - 500th person put to death since 1982 in Texas. Our thoughts are with all involved.

Source link: TCADP twitter

There was clear racial discrimination in the jury selection, and she was not provided with adequate legal council, which entitles her to an appeal under a recent Supreme Court ruling Trevino vs Thayer.

Read More at this link

Her original conviction was reversed on the basis of the erroneous admission of a statement she made upon arrest.  McCarthy was again convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 after a trial in which the guilt phase lasted only one day.

Troubling questions surround the jury selection process in her trial – of the 12 jurors selected, all but one were white.  According to McCarthy’s attorneys, the state struck three non-white prospective jurors (21% of its total strikes).  Of the 64 people questioned on individual voir dire, only 4 were not white.  Of these individuals, only 3 were African American.  None of these figures reflect the racial demographics of Dallas County.

Read More at this link

More about racism and executions in the USA at this link [WARNING]

R.I.P. Kimberly McCarthy.

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Watch the vid to find out more! Great freaking idea, let’s make it happen.

saw this on twitter, h/t

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Okay so this is Ruli and this is Ruli’s eldest babbu. She’s got a second babbu boy.

From the horse’s mouth:

Long and Foster really screwed us over with the place we got. The homeowner essentially fire them over how crappy of a job they did. It kept us from being able to move in for at least 2 weeks over how dirty and the bug infested the place is. Husband and I have actually considered legal action against them. Long story short it’s really depleted the money I had set aside and am already in need of more money to maintain living here.

Basically, they are running down broke and need about $1000 to avoid being evicted. Please donate what you can so that my dear precious does not get evicted and thrust back into an even more shit situation.

You can donate here. Please put that you’re donating to this cause in the box so it goes to the right place!

Please help me get this person who deserves all and every good thing ever to a stable place. @_@ PLS.

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{ the brutal attack on Bree Wallace; “a continuation of a disturbing pattern of anti-trans violence aimed at trans women of color over the last several years” }

from TransGriot:

She is well liked in the Washington DC trans community and was one of twelve trans women chosen as part of a recently conducted calendar girl contest for Casa Ruby.

DC trans activists Ruby Corado and Earline Budd knew Wallace, who a client at both their community outreach organizations.   Wallace told Corado that she was acquainted with her attacker but had declined to get involved in a romantic relationship with him and had received a text from the attacker to meet her at that Stanton Road address prior to the attack.

Budd was concerned the DC Metro Police had not issued a public announcement about the assault over the weekend to alert the media and the community that a trans person had been attacked.

Read More [WARNING for details of the attack on Bree Wallace/more talk of violence against black trans women]: Source link |

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[WARNING for talk of violence against trans women of color]


imageTransGriot Note: The TPOCC press release concerning the Wallace attack.
The Trans Persons of Color Coalition (TPOCC) is saddened to hear about the violent attack on Bree Wallace on June 21 at 1 a.m. where she was found lying in the street outside of her apartment building at 2400 15th St Place S.E. after being lured to the location at 3038 Stanton Road, S.E., Washington, D.C. where the attack took place 

This is unfortunately part of a pattern of anti-trans violence aimed at trans women of color not only in the Washington DC area but across the nation.  Since April we have had three African-American trans women killed in Baltimore, Maryland, Orlando, Florida and Cleveland, Ohio with only one arrest in those three cases. In the Washington D.C. area there have been the fatal murders of Deoni Jones and Lashai Mclean in addition to anti-trans violence aimed at other trans women. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence reported in 2011 that 87% of LGBTQH murder victims were people of color and 45% of hate murders involved trans women. Ms. Wallace is recovering in a local hospital.

“We join with the Washington DC trans community and our allies in hoping that the perpetrator who committed this heinous act is brought to justice. From the reports that we’ve heard, the neighbors came to her aid immediately by contacting local authorities. We are thankful for their assistance and hope more people choose to be active in assisting others in distress. Our communities cannot stand by and watch human beings be beaten, harmed or killed any longer. We urge our neighbors, friends and particularly communities of color to step up and help stop the violence, Kylar W. Broadus, executive director, TPOCC.

We know that local activists Earline Budd and Ruby Corado are on the ground working with local authorities. “Our role is to support and assist local activist when these horrible crimes occur. We hope others that have information will come forward and cooperate with local authorities as well. We wish Ms. Wallace a speedy and total recovery, Parker T. Hurley, deputy director, TPOCC.

TPOCC is an organization to inspire and nurture collaboration among communities of color dedicated to anti-racism, fighting transphobia and the empowerment of transgender persons of color. We work to strengthen and mobilize individuals, families, and communities by changing laws, educating the public, and building social and economic strength among all persons of color.

ETA: best wishes to Ms. Wallace, for what that’s worth.  R.I.P. Kelly Young, Ashley Sinclair, Cemia Dove, Deoni Jones and Lashai Mclean.