"Moreover, popular narratives about the end of [legally sanctioned black, U.S slavery] erase[s] the agency of black people themselves.
And, I suppose we can say that if Lincoln did not really free the slaves, he was shrewd enough to recognize that the only hope of winning the civil war resided in pre-aiding the opportunity for black people to fight for their own freedom.”
I’m a woman. I’m black. I’m trans. And I’m alive. That’s a radical idea if you
really think about it because trans women of color - specifically black and
brown bodies - are active agents in our own survival despite unbearable
statistics, lack of resources, dehumanizing media stories and exiling from many
And this notion of survival and resistance isn’t new.
We’ve always been survivors (I bow to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera as I write this). For me, personally and politically, there’s no separating my womanness, my blackness, my transness from my me-ness.
I am a trans woman of color who is writing, speaking, loving, fighting, smiling, living and who honestly has no choice but to be exactly who I am and use the blessings I have been given to shed light on the struggles and triumphs of my community.
To be of service and to be fully me makes me proud.
Sign Language Rings Convert Gestures To Speech
"Here’s how the rings work, in a nutshell. There are three detatchable rings that are worn on the the thumb and first two fingers of each hand, as well as a bracelet. As the user signs out whatever they want to say, the translation is then spoken through a digitized voice that comes from the bracelet. I’m not sure if it works real time or not, but that’s still some pretty amazing stuff. And that’s not all…
"The gesture-to-speak aspect works fine when the hearing-impaired person wants to talk to someone else, but what about vice versa? The bracelet carries the double duty of turning sound into text that runs across an LED display.
Coolest thing ever.
Veil Of Silence – A Nigerian LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender & Human Rights Film. (Very much needed film, too many of us cant be out at home for fear of life. bravo to folks taking action on a levels to secure human rights, dignity, and those brave to live out loud.)
On the brink of an impending law that could re-write their destinies, young group of sexual minorities in Nigeria defy all odds in the pursuit of happiness.
In the midst of all, their strength, resilience, vulnerability is brought to fore in this informative and mind-blowing documentary
Produced and Directed by Habeeb Lawal
Cinematography by; Emmy Award winner, Greg Harriott.
Editor: Zishun Ning
Asst.Editor: Joe Parker
Original Music Score: John Delvento, Miles Bergsma.
Executive Producer: TIERS
Anonymous asked: Eldridge Cleaver was a rapist!
Yes, he was. Soul On Ice as well as many other books by black radicals in that era are disturbing in their misogyny. It’s important to learn about him and others to not fall into those same trappings in the future.
Not just disturbing in their misogyny…nah, that doesn’t begin to describe Cleaver…
“I became a rapist. To refine my technique and modus operandi, I started out by practicing on black girls in the ghetto — in the black ghetto where dark and vicious deeds appear not as aberrations or deviations from the norm, but as part of the sufficiency of the Evil of the day — and when I considered myself smooth enough, I crossed the tracks and sought out white prey. I did this consciously, deliberately, willfully, methodically — though looking back I see that I was in a frantic, wild and completely abandoned frame of mind.
”Rape was an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women — and this point, I believe, was the most satisfying to me because I was very resentful over the historical fact of how the white man has used the black woman. I felt I was getting revenge.”
He’s avenging the historical rapes of Black women by white men not on behalf of Black womens’ honor or out of love for Black women,
Cause hell, he just got through being a serial rapist of Black women.
Nah, he began raping white women out of revenge,
Out of a feeling that Black womens’ bodies belong to HIM, and the white man disrespected HIM by violating Black womens’ bodies, which are automatically his ‘property’.
And it’s negroes walking around here TODAY with this mindset.
yea i dont fuck with reblogs of him either in quotes or pictures for this very reason.
Eldridge Cleaver was a monster. There are some brothers who have legit argued with me when I say I don’t give a damn about him and what he did with The Black Panthers because my identity as a Black WOMAN doesn’t allow me too. “But what about his activism!!” What the fuck about it? Like I’m supposed to sacrifice my womanhood for the betterment of Black people. He is a rapist. Even if he had only raped white women and attempted to use that sorry ass justification, and even with the all the issues I have with white female identities you will NEVER see me applaud a rapist. I don’t give a fuck who he is. No. NEVER. That will never happen. And the fact that there are some black men/conscious brothers/academics who ask that I look the other way just is disgusting. Purely disgusting.
It’s important that this horrible aspect or the legacy of the BPP and leftist/nationalist organizations be exposed and romanticism stopped
Those of you who have read this blog know that I will go straight the hell off if I hear any hint of a suggestion that in order to pass a non-discrimination law that protects trans people, we trans folks must drop public accommodations language from them. Bull feces. You gay and lesbian peeps didn’t drop public accommodations language from the local and state non-discrimination laws that cover sexual orientation only, so not no, but hell no will I even entertain that thought or publicly support a trans rights bill with no public accommodations language.
If you want to know why I’m so militant about that point, ask the folks in Massachusetts who are honest enough to do so about the problems they are having adding that missing public accommodations language into their no prize winning public accommodations language free trans rights law elements of their community trumpeted as a win back in 2011.
Hate to say I told you so, but ….
The reason why public accommodations language is a must for any trans human rights law and I’m so insistent upon it was demonstrated once again in this videotape of a November 8 incident outside an ATL Latino bar. Alissah Brooks was denied entrance because of her trans status, and the manager ignorantly asserting that since it was a private club they had the right to do so. FYI, the City of Atlanta’s non-discrimination ordinance passed in 2000 and updated by a unanimous vote back in July covers trans people. But you’ll find that out soon enough Don Pollo when y’all either get hauled into municipal court or in front of the Atlanta Human Rights Commission.
In the meantime, this video is evidence why public accommodations language is necessary in non-discrimination laws with this disturbing video taken by Alissah Brooks of Don Pollo personnel engaging in anti-trans discrimination.
A lot of us are less than well-informed about how to have safe sex and prevent pregnancy as trans* guys, partially because there isn’t a lot of information out there specifically for us.
-For oral sex involving vulvas (vulvae?), a good way to reduce the chance of STI transmission is to use dental dams. These can be purchased at sex shops and similar locations or created using saran wrap, condoms, latex gloves, or other materials. They are also sometimes available for free or very cheap at university health centers, Planned Parenthoods, and LGBTQ resource centers.
-If you’re using a prosthetic/dildo for vaginal, oral, or anal sex, it is important to make sure the materials it is made of are safe and that it is kept clean. Certain materials are more likely to grow bacteria than others, and certain materials contain phthalates, which are chemicals used to soften PVC and may be dangerous (a good rule of thumb to tell if a prosthetic contains phthalates is if it has a greasy texture and/or smells strongly of plastic). Prosthetics that are labeled non-porous and phthalate-free are generally safer, but that doesn’t let you off the hook for regular cleaning. Different materials require different cleaning methods, and so it’s good to do your research. If you are unsure if your prosthetic is clean and free of harmful chemicals, using a condom can help make things a bit safer for your partner. As a side note, if you suspect that your packer may contain harmful chemicals, you may want to wear it so it is not directly against your skin (for instance over your underwear or in its own little sock).
-Testosterone may stop you from ovulating, but it probably isn’t a good idea to use it as your only form of birth control. Hormonal birth control while on testosterone is not really an option, so the pill, patch, and shot are out. However, condoms, diaphragms, and non-hormonal IUDs are still effective options for guys on T (this is not a complete list of all methods, and not all methods are created equal, look up effectiveness and weigh the pros and cons of each method). Hormonal birth control is fine for guys who are not on testosterone, although many trans* guys are uncomfortable with some of the “feminizing” effects hormonal birth control may have (for example, breast enlargement or breast tenderness).
For more information on safer sex and contraception, check out Planned Parenthood’s website (unfortunately pretty much geared toward cis people but still pretty helpful), MegaThatcher’s video on Safe Sex for Trans Guys, and Queertransmen.org.