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National Black Justice Coalition Uplifts the Work of Black Trans Leaders Nala Toussaint and Sage Dolan Sandrino


National Black Justice Coalition Black Trans Advisory Council members Nala Touissant and Sage Dolan Sandrino recently contributed work to Complex News centering the experiences of Black trans women. Nala Toussaint, who has a rich record of advocacy and activism, is highlighted in a recent video published by Complex News titled Stop Killing Us: Black Trans, uplifting the everyday realities of Black trans women. The short documentary provides a non-exhaustive look into the challenges Black trans women face living at the intersections of varying oppressions, including transphobia and misogynoir. 

In the video, Toussaint comments on the disproportionate rates of homelessness, food insecurity, and the unique role sex work has had in trans women fulfilling their basic needs due to intense discrimination in many industries as well as the reality that trans youth often lose support at very young ages due to transphobia. She also highlights the systemic and interpersonal violence sex work exposes Black trans women to, due to the criminalization of sex work and widespread transmisogyny. Throughout the piece she cites denial of access to resources and opportunities as the leading issue affecting Black trans safety in America. 

In addition, Sage Dolan Sandrino, who is also a member of NBJC’s Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council, published a piece highlighting how the disproportionate dangers Black trans women already face have been exacerbated due to the realities of COVID-19.  In her published piece, she emphasizes how issues of job instability, home and food insecurity, as well as social isolation which plague the Black trans community have been compounded by the virus, which continues to impact the Black community disproportionately. 

The advocacy of Ms. Toussaint and Ms. Sandrino is essential to the work of demystifying and uplifting the realities of Black trans women, fem identified, and gender non-conforming/non-binary members of our community and the unique struggles they face such that any of us who purports to care about Black people and Black lives understand that requires a commitment to ensurnig that #BlackTransLivesMatter too! 

Watch the video here:


Read the article here:

As the Pandemic Continues, Black Transgender People Are More Vulnerable Than Ever 

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.