Dear Community Members,
This year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience (TDOR) is especially painful as 2021 has become the deadliest year on record for transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people in the United States. Unfortunately, as in years past, a majority of those experiencing fatal violence are Black transgender women.
The 46 stolen lives we are honoring this week highlight the urgency of the crisis impacting Black trans people. As a Black transgender man, father, and organizer, many people have come to me over the years seeking ways to help stop the violence plaguing our community. I am proud to work at the National Black Justice Coalition, an organization on the frontlines of federal policy efforts to reduce the violence against transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people. We are also clear that it requires local efforts to ensure that we all do more to increase competence and compassion. We share these resources in recognition of TDOR, hoping to support efforts to learn, grow, and do more to celebrate and support Black transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people.
Please download our Gender Justice Toolkit created to ensure gender justice in mind, which includes ending the violence that Black women and girls—both cisgender and transgender, as well as gender non-conforming people—experience simply as a result of who they are and how they exist in the world.
Here are some organizations and resources we hope to be helpful as you think about additional ways to celebrate and support transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people, including ending the violence we experience:
- Power & Policy
- National Black Justice Coalition, Policy Agenda
- Biden-Harris White House, Tran Rights Agenda
- Movement 4 Black Lives, Trans Community Policy Priorities
- Black Reproductive Justice, Movement Policy Agenda
- TransLatina, Trans Policy Agenda (Afro-Latinx inclusive)
- Transgender Law Center, Black Trans Women & Femmes Policy Agenda
- Transgender Law Center, Community Led Trans Agenda for Liberations
- National Center for Transgender Equality, A Transgender Local Agenda: An Overview of Policies for Cities and Counties (2016)
- National Center for Transgender Equality, A Transgender State Agenda: An Overview of Policies for Governors and State Agencies (2016)
- Self-Help Guides | National Center for Transgender Equality, A policy resource for changing ID for trans people, navigating healthcare processes for trans people, and legal services for any trans-related issues that may arise
- Mental Health
- BlackLine, provides a call or text hotline, provides peer support, counseling, and witnessing for those most impacted by systemic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black femme lens 1-800-604-5841
- Trans Lifeline, provides a hotline for trans people, staffed by trans people: 877-565-8860
- LGBTQ National Hotline, provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States staffed by LGBTQ volunteers 1-888-843-4564
- Trevor Project, provides support for young LGBTQ+ people who are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe, judgment-free place to talk: 1-866-488-7386
- Self-Care Resources
- 8 Mental Health and Self-Care resources for Queer & Trans POC | AFROPUNK
- Therapy For Black Girls, provides a space developed for Black women, presents mental health topics in a way that feels accessible and relevant.
- Rest for Resistance, seeks to uplift marginalized communities, those who rarely get access to adequate health care or social support.
- Raquel Willis On The Revolutionary Act Of Self-Care
- Non-Binary People Share Their Self-Care Tips
- BEAM, provides a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists, and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.
- Black Trans-Led Organizations
- Black Transmen Inc provides focused programming dedicated to empowering Black transgender men by addressing multi-layered issues of injustice faced at the intersections of racial, sexual orientation, and gender issues.
- The Okra Project addresses the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black trans people.
- Marsha P. Johnson Institute protects and defends the human rights of Black trans people by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.
- The Knights & Orchids Society (TKO) seeks justice and equality through group economics, education, leadership development, and organizing cultural work that will build the power of the Black transgender, queer, and gender non-conforming community throughout rural Alabama and across the South.
- Black Trans Travel Fund provides Black transgender women with financial and material resources needed to remove barriers to self-determining and access safer travel.
- For the Gworls raises money to assist Black transgender folks with their rent and gender affirmative surgeries.
- Transgender Strategy Center elevates and amplifies transgender voices and leadership within communities across the United States, centering goals on economic and racial justice, authentic inclusion, and equity in health and well-being by providing coaching, training, and technical assistance to trans leaders and organizations.
- Black Transwomen Inc addresses the urgent concerns facing African American trans women in minority communities.
- Transgender Women of Color Collective cultivates economic opportunities and affirming spaces for trans people of color and our families, to foster kinship, build community engage in healing and restorative justice through arts, culture, media, advocacy, and activism.
- Black Trans Advocacy Coalition improves the Black transgender human experience by overcoming violence and injustice in the world through the power, value, and love of all people!
- Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaPCo) builds safety within the Greater Atlanta community, investing in their collective embodied leadership, and building political power.
- Reuniting of African Descendants (ROAR) invests in equity, collective growth, and healing for LGBTQIA+/SGL people of African Descendants. ROAD’s work is rooted in ending genocide against Trans and Queer people of African Descendants.
- Black and Pink National works to abolish the criminal punishment system and liberate LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing.
- Positive Movie/Film and TV Representation
- Say Her Name – Janelle Monae Janelle Monáe – Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout)
- Pose- FX & Netflix
- Disclosure– Netflix
- MAJOR!– Rent or Buy
- My Name is Pauli Murray– Amazon Prime
- Equal, Episode 2 Transgender Pioneers- HBO Max
- The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson– Netflix
- Free Cece– Rent or Buy
- Saturday Church– Amazon Prime
- Trap Door, Edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton, MIT Press
- Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, Written by C. Riley Snorton, UMN Press
- Calvin, Written by JR and Vanessa Ford, Penguin Random House
- Redefining Realness, Written by Janet Mock, Simon and Schuster
- Felix Every After, Written by Kacen Callender, HarperCollins Publishers
On TDOR this Saturday, November 20th, please take a moment of silence to remember those we have lost & celebrate those fighting for liberation & equity for the trans, nonbinary, & gender-nonconforming community.
We can end this epidemic together.
National Organizing Manager
National Black Justice Coalition
Pronouns: He, Him, His