Even though usual Pride Month celebrations may be cancelled this year, we’re still celebrating by commemorating the pivotal role that Black and Brown queer and trans people have played in LGBTQ+ rights. We've complied a list of self-education tools, as well as organizations worth taking a look at!
- Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
- Here Comes The Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn
- Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo
- How We Fight For Our Lives, Saeed Jones
- Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde
- Redefining Realness, Janet Mock
- No Ashes In The Fire, Darnell L. Moore
- Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta
- The Color Purple, Alice Walker
- Out!: How to Be Your Authentic Self, Miles McKenna
- Bessie, Dee Rees
- Blackbird, Patrik-Ian Polk
- The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, David France
- Moonlight, Barry Jenkins
- Paris is Burning, Jennie Livingston
- Pariah, Dee Rees
- Pose, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
- The Watermelon Woman, Cheryl Duye
- Difficult Love, Peter Goldsmid, Zanele Muholi
- Black Is… Black Ain't, Marlon Riggs
- Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People of Color
- The Trevor Project Research Brief: Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
- Being African American & LGBTQ: An Introduction
- A thread of Black trans and nonbinary people who you can support
- LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund: Each day, tens of thousands of LGBTQ people are held in jail or immigration detention because they cannot afford bail—for immigration status or charges like sleeping in public.With your help, the LGBTQ Freedom Fund posts bail to secure their release and safety.In tandem, we raise awareness of the epidemic of LGBTQ overincarceration. We strive towards a critical mass against mass detention.
- The Transgender District: The mission of the Transgender District is to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin neighborhood. The transgender district aims to stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, businesses, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces.
- Black Trans Femmes In the Arts: The mission of the BTFA Collective is to connect the community of black trans women and non-binary femmes in the arts & to build power among ourselves.
- Anti-Violence Project: AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.
- SNaPCo: The solutions not punishment collaborative is a black, trans-led, broad based collaborative to restore an Atlanta where every person has the opportunity to grow and thrive without facing unfair barriers, especially from the criminal legal system.
- Black Trans Travel Fund: The Black Trans Travel Fund is a mutual-aid based organization committed to uplifting the narratives and supporting the livelihoods of Black trans women. Launched in June of 2019, BTTF was developed for the purpose of providing Black transgender women with the financial resources needed to be able to self-determine and access safer alternatives to travel, where women feel less likely to experience verbal harassment or physical harm. We are proud to have already redistributed over $60,000 to Black trans women in need!
- Marsha P. Johnson Institute: Support is free and it doesn’t cost a thing to offer your love, but when you become a partner, you help us employ black trans people, build more strategic campaigns, launch winning initiatives, and interrupt the people who are standing in the way of more being possible in the world for BLACK Trans people, and all people. Being the champion for solutions is the legacy of our namesake and it is our goal to continue that legacy by championing solutions for BLACK people in the US, we are offering a new reality for BLACK trans people in America. Our commitment is forever. Help us make it happen.
- TGI Justice Project: We work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. We seek to create a world rooted in self- determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice. The mission of TGIJP is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against TGI people in California prisons, jails, detention centers and beyond.
- Brave Space Alliance: Brave Space Alliance is 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 for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples.
- Trans Women of Color Collective: WOCC exists to create revolutionary change by uplifting the narratives, leadership, and lived experience of trans people of color. Historically, trans women of color have been the catalyst of change for social justice movements, yet we continue to be impacted by structural oppression. TWOCC is a one of a kind organizing collective that develops and amplifies the leadership of trans women of color to be the writers of our own narratives. We believe that the voices of those most impacted by structural oppression must be at the forefront of our movement.
- The Okra Project: Based on individual donations, The Okra Project pays Black Trans chefs to go into the homes of Black Trans people to cook them a healthy and home-cooked meal at absolutely no cost to our Black TGNC siblings. For those Black Trans folks currently experiencing homeless or whose homes cannot support our chef’s cooking, The Okra Project has partnered with institutions like Osborne Association and other community spaces to deliver foods.
- Black AIDS Institute: BAI is deeply committed to exposing the systems and roots of oppression used around the world and in the US to particularly marginalize Black people as a whole. With a deep understanding that health justice is racial justice, we not only address the social determinants of health but dig deep into understanding how unlearning isms and phobias contribute to decreased health disparities amongst Black people and increased ability for health service providers and institutions to address a Black person as a whole and not a part of a sum. BAI is revolutionizing the HIV service industry to center and uplift Black experiences to allow Black people to live their fullest, healthiest lives with dignity, care, and respect.
- House of GG: Founded and led by Trans and gender nonconforming people and our allies, we create safe and transformative spaces where members of our community can heal—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—from the trauma arising from generations of transphobia, racism, sexism, poverty, ableism and violence, and nurture them into tomorrow’s leaders. We currently primarily focus on supporting and nurturing the leadership of Transgender women of color living in the U.S. South.
- Trans Justice Funding Project: The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. We make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application we receive. We center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trans leadership.
- Center for Black Equity: To promote a multinational LGBTQ+ network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility, and self-determination.
- Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project: We work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. We seek to create a world rooted in self- determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice. The mission of TGIJP is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against TGI people in California prisons, jails, detention centers and beyond.