A Not So Happy Pride Month: What Can We Do To Help?
Since the death of George Floyd shook the world to its core, it has been nothing but sadness and anger in the news. The continuing death of people of color across America is alarming and concerning on all accounts. We are left wondering when will anyone ever learn? Why is it so controversial to end racism? It is 2020 and people of color still have to fear for their lives every time they walk out of their home. The same concept applies for members of the LGBTQ+ community. The beginning of June marked the beginning of pride month as well, a month to celebrate love and monumental moments in LGBTQ+ history. This history took a turn for the worse in the recent week. On the four year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida – one of the worst incidents in LGBTQ history – Trump passed a law forbidding transition surgeries to be covered by health insurance. The counteracts the legislative passed by the Obama administration ALLOWING transition surgeries to be covered. The average price for a transition can cost up to $50,000. Following this event, two black transgender women were murdered – Riah Milton in Ohio and Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells in Philadelphia. In the United States, the average life expectancy of a transgender woman is age 35. That is less than half of the life expectancy of a white woman. That is far too young of an age. While reading these startling facts I am left wondering, what can we do? We took to the streets urgently and ferociously post the murder of Floyd. Now, we have another battle to fight along with Black Lives Matter. I have provided some black-led LGBTQ+ organizations to make change as easy accessible as possible.
LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund:
This organization helps LGBTQ+ people in jail or immigrant detention post their bond to secure release. They're also one of the leading groups when it comes to raising awareness about LGBTQ over-incarceration in our country.
The Transgender District:
San Francisco houses the world's first recognized trans district. Their programs work to stabilize and economically empower the trans community by creating a safe and thriving neighborhood lead by trans people for trans people.
Black Trans Femmes in the Arts:
Here at the house, we are always looking to support arts in any way we can. Black Trans Femmes in the Arts says its mission is to "connect the community of Black trans women and non-binary femmes in the arts and to build power among ourselves."
Solutions Not Punishment Co. invests in community support for the empowerment of Black trans and queer people of Atlanta. Their work includes seeking to end the mass incarceration of Black trans women and the larger Black community through keeping their local governments accountable.
These are just a select few of the many organizations out there. All of these though you can donate to. As I am editing this, I had just received news that supreme court passed a law against firing any persons for their sexual orientation, a huge feat for the LGBTQ+ community as discrimination in the work place for sexuality will no longer be tolerated. But, we still have so much more work to do. Please donate, vote, and educate yourself and your peers. Don’t forget: create, don’t discriminate. Stay safe and creative out there everyone.