Righteous outrage #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransWomensLivesMatter equally
Black Trans* Women’s Lives Matter is holding a vigil and ‘call for peace’ outside the Congressional Black Caucus Conference to honor the Black and Latina women murdered in 2014 and to draw attention to this ongoing epidemic. Saturday, September 27th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm outside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.
Black Trans* Women’s Lives Matter organizer and journalist Ashley Love explains why they chose to hold their vigil outside the CBC conference,
“All too often the media ignores or belittles the epidemic of violence against Black women in the United States, even more so when the victims are women of transsexual or transgender experience. Most elected officials are reluctant to publicly join the trans* community’s plea for justice. Does the newly popular slogan ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ mean ALL Black lives, or just some? Are the murders of our trans* sisters less worthy of tears, of outrage – their humanity ‘less than’? We hold this vigil outside the CBC Conference not to be confrontational, but so that those who we elected to serve and protect us may feel more comfortable, and inclined, to join us in honoring our fallen and in a Prayer for Peace to end the hate crimes against Black and Latina women in the trans* communities.”
Contact us: BTWLivesMatter@gmail.com
Facebook community page: BlackTransWomensLivesMatter
I’ve had a mixed relationship with Ashley Love. At times we’ve stood together against waves of transphobic populism as we did with Ticked Off Trannies With knives and at times we have stood against each other. But there is one indisputable fact. Ashley Love, a trans* woman of color is indispensable, an undeniable voice working from within the black LGB and cisgender straight community.
The turning point for the NAACP.
Julian Bond invited her to speak so she took the opportunity dispelling the myths and information being disseminated as the NAACP held its ‘first ever LG”BT” Town Hall’ by cisgender panelists.
Hopefully Ashley Love can make the same impact at the Congressional Black Caucus Conference.