“Abolition isn’t just going to protests, which is a really important direct action, but also actively prefiguring the world we want.”
This #TransDayOfRemembrance, trans lives are more than a list of names. We are vessels of ancestral memory.
If you have ever met a mountain, you know that can’t nobody really own a mountain because they are too majestic, too strong, too beautiful to be tamed or owned. So I guess mountains are kinda like Black folk.
“This is the most important election of our lifetime. It is imperative that everyone vote to restore our democracy.” — Tracy Chapman, Queer Legend
From actual hexes to binding spells, witchcraft has a long tradition in the fight to dismantle white supremacy. A new generation of Black witches are taking part in the resistance using ancestral practices, ideologies, and modern technology.
Cat Hollis founded Haymarket Pole Collective to create a place for Black sex workers to feel safe and to organize and advocate for their rights. “We’re oppressed as groups, not as individuals…The truth is that you might lift yourself up to a level with more agency, but that doesn’t remove your marginalization. And it doesn’t necessarily make it easier for people who come after you.”
Joanne Rowling and I might have more in common than she thinks.
People who are overworked, under resourced and overwhelmed do not question, do not push back, do not revolt. How do we dismantle grind culture and cultivate a new culture of rest to collectively sustain our focus on the future?
Performative allyship isn’t helping. If you’re interested in building more than just a “woke” brand and want to be part of lasting, systemic change, here’s where to start.
“There is something very powerful about direct community aid because it allows people to bypass institutional barriers and access what they need. There isn’t a Board of Directors or a group of powerful people controlling what to do with the funds. It’s just community members supporting other community members.”
CuTie.BIPoC Fest gives me hope that it’s possible for spaces to exist that don’t sit under a roof of white supremacy, patriarchy or capitalism.
These past few weeks I’ve been drawn to music that is anti-cop, anti-establishment, and/or pro-black. These songs span genre but mostly lie somewhere between punk and hip hop. They embody either my rage or my love for the unwavering strength, resilience, and spirit of black people.
Black Pride in DC is a chance to celebrate our community’s resilience, honor our history and organize for a better future! This year, I attended afro-futurist art shows, alien burlesque performances, and intergalactic dance parties, all on Zoom from the safety of my couch.
As trans people who are so accustomed to losing our chosen family before they become elders, Ceyenne Doroshow is setting a blueprint for what it means to live fiercely and claim a stake on your life.
Featuring El Sanchez, Jes Tom, Junauda Petrus-Nasah and Be Steadwell, 100% of ticket proceeds go to support Women for Political Change in Minneapolis!
On a day commemorating Black freedom, we, particularly non-Black people, must recommit to freedom for Black trans people.
I want the world to no longer assume ownership of our bodies, but we cannot do that without land. Decolonizing the land itself is not only crucial but necessary for a liberated future in which everyone’s body belongs to themselves.
I know that collective care is the future because it has made my past and present possible. We must acknowledge that mutual aid is not original—or optional—for chronically dispossessed people and therefore, always already political.
A free world for sex workers would be a free world for people’s bodies, desires, and pleasures — that is to say, a world worth fighting for.
Over 15,000 people turned up for the Brooklyn Liberation Action for Black Trans Lives this past weekend and these are the best photographs I have ever seen.
This incredible showing of support and care across generations makes us hopeful for what the future of the New York queer community will look like moving forward.