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.]

DONATE TO OUR TEAM TO HELP PROVIDE ABORTIONS TO POOR, WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR!!!we are bowling because reason 1: abortions, reason 2-100: slavery, genocide, war, imperialism, reproductive terrorism.
thank you and have a great day.  
expanded: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!!! 

please signal boost!!! 
[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.]
DONATE TO OUR TEAM TO HELP PROVIDE ABORTIONS TO POOR, WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR!!!

we are bowling because reason 1: abortions, reason 2-100: slavery, genocide, war, imperialism, reproductive terrorism.
thank you and have a great day.  

expanded:
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!!! 

please signal boost!!! 
[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.]
mirkwood:

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.

[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.]

mirkwood:

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.

lesbianspaceprincex:

sistahmamaqueen:

#RedefiningRealness with Lexi & Askari 

"Crying after the intro to #RedefiningRealness because it’s the book I needed to read years ago and am so grateful I survived to witness such amazing #twoc #brilliance." -Lexi after reading through Ch. 1 last night. 

i am holding this book like the Holy Bible that it is.

i love y’all!!! 

janetmock:

reclaimingthelatinatag:

Trailer for the documentary film TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story

From the film’s official website:

TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story is a documentary film on the life of renowned Trans Latina activist and leader, Bamby Salcedo. Turning personal challenges and barriers into the basis of her activism, Bamby has become an effective and beloved advocate and role model for multiple communities including the Trans, Latina, immigrant, youth, and LGBT communities. 

Websites for her affiliated organizations:

www.translatinacoalition.org

www.angelsofchange.net.

Learn more about the movie, including screenings, here

Everything. 

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

queeraztlan:

janetmock:

Inspired by the release of Lovemme Corazón’s memoir, I decided to write this post on my blog, answering, “Why don’t we have more books by trans women of color?”

Lovemme and Janet are flipping your world over.

I hope everyone realizes how important this article is. Lovemme’s memoir was the first TWoC memoir I knew existed. I honestly thought it might be the only published book by a trans woman of color.

leavemymouth:

janetmock:

Help kickass trans activist and singer KOKUMO fund her second annual T.G.I.F. (Trans*, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex Freedom) Pride Rally in Chicago.  It’s rare for our movement to support spaces created by trans women of color. Let’s make a change.

Contribute funds here or reach out to T.G.I.F. organizers in Chicago (kokumomedia[AT]gmail[DOT]com) for opportunities to help with organizing or assisting with the 2013 rally.

signal boooooooooooost

As transgender Latinas increasingly speak out about the discrimination and harassment they experience in San Francisco’s Mission district, a nonprofit is asking city officials to fund its work to prevent such violence.

El/La Para Translatinas emerged in 2006 after Proyecto ContraSIDA Por Vida, where it had been a program, lost its funding. It is mainly volunteer-led but has been able to tap into HIV funds in order to hire three part-time staffers.

In 2012 El/La estimates it saw 300 trans Latinas utilize its services.

“What we have at El/La is a lot of expertise and a lot of trust with trans Latinas. We created a space for trans Latinas and actually built community,” said Marcia Ochoa, El/La’s unpaid program director.

boobs-birds-botany:

mocosyamores:

Hi everyone,

I’m getting over my shame and internalized ableism and asking for help. I’m a chronically ill unemployed trans gurl who just left sex work (as in, yesterday) because I finally lost my shit. I’m also moving out of my abusive household in June, around the 15th or so. I don’t have a place to stay yet so the more money I have saved up, the more likely someone is going to trust me to move in with them.

Thanks to sex work and friends donating, I’ve saved up $2,000 for deposits, first/last month’s rent, housing applications, etc. I’m trying to raise another $2,000 to get me through the summer. Starting September/October, I should be receiving financial aid from my university, so that will help.

To give you an idea of where the money is going:
- Rent for a shared room is $500-$550/month
- Utilities are anywhere between $20-$60/month
- I’m limiting myself to $100-$125/month for food
- Gas is $40 a full tank, so about a $80/month if I do this right

I’ll also be looking for a job at this time. I have an open interview tomorrow so hopefully I’ll get called for a second interview!

Important to note! My memoir, Trauma Queen, is aiming to be published on May 31st, 2013. It’s going to cost $20, so if you want to hold off donating to buy the book, that’s totally understandable. I have a collection of writing and art here (x) that you can read/watch, and a zine here (x). I’ll also be selling various articles of clothing, shoes, collector’s items, etc. in the next week or so.

Signal boosting would be appreciated, and any donations would be very helpful. <3

¡Gracias! / Thank you!,
Lovemme/Sirena

P.S. (if the link doesn’t work, there’s a donate button on my page.)

reblogging because i’m about to get a little graduation gift cash and can definitely support a sister <3

Help Support Egyptt! Please Signal Boost

thespiritwas:

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(click here to donate)

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.

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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

(click here to donate)

[photo: in green spray painted cursive, graffiti on a brick wall in brooklyn, ny reads, &#8220;free cece.&#8221; there is a heart beneath the text.]
originalplumbing:

prominenze:

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 &amp; Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) focused on providing support to trans people inside and outside of prison.

[photo: in green spray painted cursive, graffiti on a brick wall in brooklyn, ny reads, “free cece.” there is a heart beneath the text.]

originalplumbing:

prominenze:

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.

girljanitor:

this is some seriously powerful stuff from Janet Mock!!!

tranqualizer:

queersex:


unapproachableblackchicks:




Unless you’ve been following the work of Monica Roberts, The Opposing Views and David Lohr over atThe Huffington Post, you probably don’t know that a trans teenage girl from Charlottesville, Va., has been missing for nearly 20 days.
Since Sage Smith was first reported missing on Nov. 22, there has been virtually no mainstream media coverage of her abduction. There has only been one local story produced, and in it reporters consistently use the wrong pronouns to identify her, and the story only mentions the name she lives by once, as though it were a nickname. Even worse, the local authorities who are spearheading the search for her have reportedly lost their suspect without much hope of finding her.
….




The failure to show LGBTQ people of color as active and vital members of our communities and families perpetuates the dangerous stereotype that LGBTQ people of color are either nonexistent or that our identities are invalid. The media has failed to shine light on the targeted violence that trans women of color continue to endure. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 40 percent of anti-LGBT murder victims in 2011 were transgender women; there have been 11 reported murders of trans women in the U.S. this year alone. The media have also failed to contextualize that violence alongside the discrimination that trans women of color face as a result of racism, misogyny and transphobia, and most Americans are unaware of these severe disparities in access and opportunity. Were any of these things factors in Sage’s disappearance? We don’t know. But by ignoring her story, the media are further alienating an already marginalized community and identity. We’ve seen this story before. Remember Mitrice Richardson? She was a 24-year-old African-American lesbian woman who was missing for nearly a year before police uncovered her dead body.


Praying for her safe return.
xX KCB xX


Breaks my heart


Sage has been missing since Nov. 22nd - it’s been over two months now.
you can find more information on how to support the efforts to bring Sage home safely here

tranqualizer:

queersex:

unapproachableblackchicks:

Unless you’ve been following the work of Monica RobertsThe Opposing Views and David Lohr over atThe Huffington Post, you probably don’t know that a trans teenage girl from Charlottesville, Va., has been missing for nearly 20 days.

Since Sage Smith was first reported missing on Nov. 22, there has been virtually no mainstream media coverage of her abduction. There has only been one local story produced, and in it reporters consistently use the wrong pronouns to identify her, and the story only mentions the name she lives by once, as though it were a nickname. Even worse, the local authorities who are spearheading the search for her have reportedly lost their suspect without much hope of finding her.

….

The failure to show LGBTQ people of color as active and vital members of our communities and families perpetuates the dangerous stereotype that LGBTQ people of color are either nonexistent or that our identities are invalid. The media has failed to shine light on the targeted violence that trans women of color continue to endure. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 40 percent of anti-LGBT murder victims in 2011 were transgender women; there have been 11 reported murders of trans women in the U.S. this year alone. The media have also failed to contextualize that violence alongside the discrimination that trans women of color face as a result of racism, misogyny and transphobia, and most Americans are unaware of these severe disparities in access and opportunity. Were any of these things factors in Sage’s disappearance? We don’t know. But by ignoring her story, the media are further alienating an already marginalized community and identity. We’ve seen this story before. Remember Mitrice Richardson? She was a 24-year-old African-American lesbian woman who was missing for nearly a year before police uncovered her dead body.

Praying for her safe return.

xX KCB xX

Breaks my heart

Sage has been missing since Nov. 22nd - it’s been over two months now.

you can find more information on how to support the efforts to bring Sage home safely here

tranqualizer:

hissyfitdenton:

Letters and Art for CeCe Mcdonald

Last Thursday night a group of FMLAers got together and shared homemade guacamole, baked chips and drinks while we got our creative juices goin’ to write letters and create artwork and fun collages for CeCe Mcdonald. 

On Monday, June 4th, CeCe McDonald, a trans woman of color, was sentenced to a 41-month prison term by Judge Daniel Moreno. CeCe and her friends were verbally harassed with racial and transphobic slurs, and physically attacked, and in the process of defending herself one of the attackers was killed. Although she initially faced two charges of second degree murder, on May 4th she accepted a plea agreement to a reduced charge of second degree manslaughter due to negligence.

You can read more about CeCe’s case here: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/

We encourage you to write your own letters and send them to CeCe to show her that she is loved and supported all over the world, and especially to continue to keep her in your thoughts even after the media stops paying attention to her case. You can learn more about writing CeCe at the Support CeCe letter writing campaign page: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/get-involved/write-cece/

We love you CeCe - stay strong!

<3