“Whenever you’re going through a bad day just remember, your track record for getting through bad days, so far, is 100%; and that’s pretty damn good.”—My amazing friend (via pain-is-temporary-keep-fighting)
The work of countless black trans warriors have made significant impacts on equal rights and visibility throughout history. These pioneers forged ahead despite intersecting challenges and oppressions. Here are just five of the many black trans women whose influence has helped shape the transgender community as it is today:
Lucy Hicks Anderson (1886-1954)
After marrying her second husband, soldier Reuben Anderson, in Oxnard, California, in 1944, local authorities discovered that she was assigned male at birth. The couple was charged with perjury for marrying despite their both being legally male, resulting in ten years of probation.
Standing up to the charges against her, Anderson said, “I defy any doctor in the world to prove that I am not a woman. I have lived, dressed, acted just what I am, a woman.”
Carlett A. Brown discovered that she was intersex during physical exams she received while serving in the Navy during the 1950’s. After her discharge, she worked as a female impersonator and shake dancer to earn money for gender affirmation surgery. Finding that the surgery she needed was not yet legal in the United States, Brown found a surgeon in Denmark […].
She soon learned that these operations were only available to Danish citizens, prompting Brown to renounce her US citizenship and apply for citizenship in Denmark, which would also allow her to change her legal gender and marry her boyfriend, Sgt. Eugene Martin, who was stationed in Germany.
Marsha “Pay No Mind” Johnson (photos) was an activist, performer, model, sex worker, and mother figure to many young trans women in New York during her lifetime. A figurehead of the transgender community in Greenwich Village, Johnson was one of the first Stonewall instigators and was deeply influenced by her experiences being homeless and hustling for survival.
Along with fellow trans activist Sylvia Rivera, she founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) in 1970. STAR provided shelter, clothes, and support for young homeless trans women and drag queens. […]
In July 1992, Marsha P. Johnson was found dead in the Hudson River at age 48. While her death was ruled a suicide, those who knew her and within the community maintain that she was murdered (she had frequently dealt with severe harassment). The case was reopened in 2012.
“Let it be known and let it never be forgotten that Janey Smith/Steven Trull is a confirmed rapist, predator, and abuser, and just because I’ve had to dance around this fact for fear of ‘legal recourse’ doesn’t make it any less true. Similar legal hurdles may face those speaking out against…
every time my mom calls me she asks how i am and i never want to talk and she always says “you sound weird”/”are you sure you’re ok?”/etc. and it’s like well i’m fine but you don’t need to call me all the time???
“A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up.”—
Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg (via thisisendless)
I’m just frozen. Absences of women in history don’t “just happen,” they are made.
Over the last week or so in Australia a boy with dark skin was threatened with beheading, a woman had her head smashed against a wall and was thrown off a train, mosques and cars have been vandalised, people are being abused in the street and social media is littered with hate speech and vile comments. Kind of interesting considering most of these people justify their attacks by linking Islam to terrorism and proclaiming it’s a hateful religion from violent countries.
like I’ve actually been told that discussions I’ve started are great but they’re “not enough” and yeah cool I get it, one discussion isn’t going to magically change the world
but at the sane time (and in the same discussion, no less) I was essentially told that I was not activist enough because I want out signing petitions/donating money/running for elected official RIGHT NOW, and all I was doing was talking
and there are people out there telling people that society is the way it is because we “let it be that way”
the origons of Ouija boards are funny if you think about it like they’re part of an another country (China)’s ancient history that was practiced until one emporer decided “You know what this is probably a bad idea” and banned the practice.
then centuries later an old buisnessman comes along and is like “I’m going to take this and market it as a toy to children.”