Learn more and donate to organizations serving Black queer communities:

GoFundMe for Tony McDade’s Family - support for the family of Tony McDade, a Black transgender man who was killed by a police officer 

 

Okra Project (Nina Pop and Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund) - an emergency mutual aid fund that raises money to pay for one-time mental health therapy sessions with licensed Black women therapists

 

Marsha P Johnson Institute - an organization that protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting collective power.

 

Audre Lorde Project -  a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area

 

Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative - a series of curated social connectivity events for gay and queer men of color to see their holistic self while promoting community, wellness, and personal development. 

 

New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth - increasing the self-sufficiency of LGBTQ+ homeless youth by enabling them to transition out of the shelter system to stable adult lives through harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment.

 

Brave Space Alliance - the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services

 

Stonewall Community Foundation - equity-focused foundation addressing education, violence, family acceptance, and health. One of the top funders on LGBTQ housing and homelessness

 

Griot Circle - a welcoming space offering culturally sensitive services and member-centered programming that affirm the lives of LGBTQ elders of color 

Dear friends,

Our community is outraged and heartbroken over the recent police murders of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We acknowledge that these recent events are part of a long history of violence in our country targeting Black people, and we acknowledge the deep intersections of anti-Black violence with institutional and interpersonal homophobia and transphobia.

Tony McDade is a Black trans man who was murdered by police in Tallahassee, FL last week after falling victim to a violent transphobic incident. The murder and criminalization of Black trans people in this country is all too common. We stand with groups like New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) working to defeat the ‘Walking While Trans’ bill in the New York State Senate. The bill, meant to target sex workers, disproportionately criminalizes Back trans women, who made up 49% of arrests in 2018.

As we begin Pride Month, we must not forget the great work we still have to do to achieve liberation for all LGBTQ peoples. Tony’s story is not being shared and he is often misgendered in reporting. 

This month, we also begin our Criminal Queerness Festival, showcasing queer artists from countries that criminalize LGBTQ communities. It is more apparent than ever that while over 70 countries still criminalize homosexuality, state-sanctioned violence and censorship of queer and Black people is just as much of a scar on the fabric of our nation too. We hope to make this arts activism festival a space for collective organizing, education, creativity, and healing in the wake of such tragedy.

 

Below are some resources we’ve compiled to support the Black LGBTQ community, especially the Black trans community.

As we reflect on our history and look to the next 50 years of Pride, we remember that Stonewall was a riot, and that grassroots activism has always been the catalyst for change in our community. 

Today we say together, Black Lives Matter.

Sincerely,
Adam Odsess-Rubin, National Queer Theater
Ellie Covan, Dixon Place
Eileen Reyes Arias, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs


 

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