I just feel like no matter what, prisons are bad for everybody. They aren’t just bad for trans people—they’re bad for all people. It wouldn’t be fair for me to make it seem like it was so hard for me, just as a trans women, because I’ve been around a lot of people who don’t deserve to be in prison at all. Prison is hard for everybody. We’ve all got our personal issues and have to do what we need to do to survive in there and be strong.
It’s not the right approach for people to sensationalize this story and say: You were a trans woman in a men’s prison. Because at the end of the day, all prisons are bad for all people—trans, cys, gay, straight, Black, white, Asian, brown, purple, polka-dotted, striped, zebra, alien or whatever.
Yes, I had my issues. I dealt with extra discrimination and extra scrutiny. I had to deal with things that other people wouldn’t have had to deal with in prison because I was a trans woman in a men’s prison. Of course, it was upsetting, and it was hard.
But I was blessed to have the support of a team that was willing to support me in this fight against the system. Not everyone in there had that—not everyone had support or someone to help them or be there for them, to protect them or understand them or get them in touch with the right resources. I was blessed to have that.
So yes, I can say how hard it was for me, but what about the people in prison who are there wrongfully or for petty charges or because of the criminalization of everything? There are men and women who have been in there for days, years, even decades—what about them?
[image description: a picture of 3 members of the 3rd world thunder clapback bowl-a-thon team. from left to right: jess, a black queer fat femme, vanessa, a black african queer person, and loan, a vietnamese queer gender non-conforming person. all three people are mean mugging the camera.]
thank you and have a great day.
we are bowling for abortion access because we believe that every person, regardless of gender, race, class and ability, should have access to reproductive health tools such as abortion.
we believe that, in the spirit of the resilience of U.S Southern Black Freedom Fighters and Faith leaders, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
as queer, disabled, gender nonconforming, immigrant, fat, people and women of color who live on this side of the globe as a result of war, economic violence and reproductive injustice: we think that raising money to help more folks such as ourselves make the decisions we need for our livelihood and survival is the first move in putting a wrench in oppression.
help support 3rd wrld thunder CLAPBACK today by chipping in, spreading the word and making reproductive freedom and justice come closer to being realized. DONATE TO OUR TEAM TO HELP PROVIDE ABORTIONS TO POOR, WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR!!!
[photo description: flyer for an upcoming event. in the center is a close of up Black trans woman activist, speaker and actress Lavern Cox looking at the camera and smiling. information from the flyer reads, “ain’t i a woman: my journey to womanhood. an evening with laverne cox of orange is the next black. wednesday, march 19, 2014 at 7:00pm at the nourse theater, san francisco.” phone number for contact: 415.392.4400. or visit the website at www.ciis.edu/publicprograms. this event is being hosted by the california institute of integral studies.]
I’m working with an editor of Black Girl Dangerous and an ogranizer of the International Trans Women of Color Gathering to get sponsorships for trans women of color to attend this event who can’t afford a ticket! I’d really like to get the word out not only to people who potentially want to sponsor a ticket but also to TWOC in the Bay who want to go to this but can’t afford it.
If you would like to sponsor one ticket ($30 USD) or more, please fill out this form.
If you are a trans woman of color in the Bay who wants to go to this and can’t afford it, please fill out this form.
Please reblog this and share it. Thank you.
REMINDER THAT CECE MCDONALD IS STILL IN JAIL FOR *ACTUALLY* DEFENDING HERSELF AGAINST RACIST, TRANSPHOBIC NEO-NAZIS WHO WERE TRYING TO MURDER HER AND HER FRIENDS
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Dear Friends & Community,
We are writing to let you know of a community member who needs support after going through a major health crisis. Many of you know Egyptt, a long time activist and advocate for low income, trans communities of color.
Egyptt was formerly co-coordinator of Trans Justice at the Audre Lorde Project. Prior to her work at ALP she was a crucial member of the Queers for Economic Justice Welfare Warriors group where she lead the way fighting transphobia within New York City’s welfare agency: the Human Resources Administration. Because of Egyptt’s work NYC’s Human Resources Administration has adopted its first ever transgender non discrimination policy, which Egyptt helped implement through many trainings of New York City employees.
Additionally Egyptt has been a long time advocate at Housing Works advocating to have New York State pass the Gender Employment Non Discrimination Act (GENDA). She is also a brilliant performer, frequently showcasing her talent at the Housing Works fashion shows and many Trans Day of Remembrance events. Egyptt is now unemployed and has lost her apartment in Harlem. She’s currently living with her partner in a family homeless shelter in NYC.
We are turning to you, our community, to support Egyptt as she navigates this challenging moment. We want to raise 10,000 for Egyptt to get back some of what she has lost in the last few months. She needs resources to get back into housing, to replace lost possessions, and to cover outstanding healthcare costs.
With deep appreciation,
Reina Gossett, Pooja Gehi, & Dean Spade
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[photo: in green spray painted cursive, graffiti on a brick wall in brooklyn, ny reads, “free cece.” there is a heart beneath the text.]
FREE CECE #freecece
SEEN IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK
please check out http://supportcece.wordpress.com/ and http://freececemcdonald.tumblr.com/ for ways we can provide support to Cece in this final stretch.
also check out http://www.tgijp.org/ - Transgender Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) focused on providing support to trans people inside and outside of prison.