Reminder that Stonewall wasn’t about marriage equality. Stonewall was about police brutality. It was about systemic abuse and subordination. Stonewall was spearheaded by black trans women. As we celebrate Pride 2020, within the context of the Black Lives Matter riots, it’s imperative that we remember that.
Riots in protest of police brutality are the reason that we have more rights today. Do not forget your roots.
You can’t celebrate Pride while simultaneously condemning the Black Lives Matter riots and protests that are happening right now. Know your history.
‼️ 👩❤️💋👩 🏳️🌈 LISTEN UP LESBIANS 🏳️🌈👭‼️Home Depot donated 7 million dollars to Trump meanwhile Lowe’s donated 25 million to minority-owned businesses during COVID-19. We’re taking the “Home Depot Lesbian” stereotype and throwing it OUT the mf window. We are Lowe’s Lesbians now.
It also marks the seventh day of protests held in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. It’s been 634 days since Botham Jean was murdered by a police officer, 233 days since Atatiana Jefferson was fatally shot by a police officer, 2,123 days since Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, and 2,146 days since Eric Garner was choked to death by a police officer.
It has been five days since Tony McDade, a Black trans man from Florida, was shot and killed by a police officer.
At the time of this post, it has been almost 19 hours since David McAtee was shot and killed by the authorities.
This week has served as a stark reminder that those who have power in this country wield it recklessly and violently against Black people, non-Black POC, and trans people. For some, the power is found in their badge. In others, it’s their skin tone, their socio-economic status, their cisgender privileges, or any other number of privileges one can have. In 2018, with at least 26 trans people who were murdered, all but one were trans women, and all but one were people of color. According to data collected by Human Rights Campaign, this pattern is all too common. It should also be noted that the number of trans people who are murdered is grossly underreported, with many families and newspapers often misgendering those who can no longer speak up for themselves.
On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall riots began as a response to the constant police raids of nightlife establishments frequented by the LGBTQIA+ community. That night sparked a revolution, with many eye-witnesses crediting Black and Latinx trans women for being brave enough to ignite what would become one of the most pivotal nights in LGBTQIA+ history. Without Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, there would have been no uprising. Without them, there would be no Pride.
At this moment, it would be tone-deaf and insensitive to commemorate Pride in the same celebratory fashion we usually do. Instead, we’re asking you to make the commitment to better the lives of the oppressed. Do the work to become actively anti-racist if you are not Black. Spread the word that Black lives matter. Spread the word that trans people deserve to feel safe wherever they go. Reblog this post, make your own, or find someone in your life who doesn’t understand and do your best to make them understand. Donate if you can.
I wanted to paint something that makes me happy for pride, and tiny watercolor octopods do the trick :D
I stuck with the 4 basic groups of LGBT (+ ace, bc I’m ace :>), but I would love to paint more! So if you’d like to see a specific flag painted in octopus, leave me an ask or reblog it with your request and I’ll add on to this post!
Happy Pride! Enjoy this book rec list of fiction books with LGBTQ+ and Black representation, written by Black authors! Goodreads and Bookshop.org links and text version of the list below the cut.
Some of these books involve some pretty heavy content, be careful to check content warnings!
ETA: I’ve also compiled a list of ✨ sci-fi/fantasy ✨ books with black & lgbt+ rep by Black authors! You can find it here
You Should See Me in a Crown - Leah Johnson
While running for Prom Queen for the scholarship that comes with the title, Liz Lighty starts to fall for her competition.
Felix Ever After - Kacen Callender
Own voices novel about a Black, Queer, and Trans teen who deals with transphobia, fights back, and falls in love.
The Only Black Girls in Town - Brandy Colbert
Middle-grade novel about Alberta and Edie, two girls who discover a box of old journals in Edie’s attic and learn about the past.
The Black Flamingo - Dean Atta
“A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo.”
Cinderella is Dead - Kalynn Bayron
In a post-Cinderella world, young women are brought to balls to be selected as wives or never be heard from again. Sophia is expected to attend but is in love with Erin, her childhood best friend. Sophia finds friends along her way and they work to overthrow their oppressors.
Meet Cute Club - Jack Harbon
Romance novel enthusiast Jordan starts a book club that’s joined by a (handsome) coworker Jordan hates and maybe learns to love.
Full Disclosure - Camryn Garrett
“The uplifting story of an HIV-positive teen, falling in love and learning to live her truth.”
Jake in the Box - Ryan Douglass
A supernatural horror story about Jake, a boy who can see the dead.
goodreads (This one isn’t on Bookshop or indiebound, I’d recommend requesting it at your library or local indie bookstore!)
I found some of these from Roseanne A. Brown’s twitter thread here: https://twitter.com/rosiesrambles/status/1267462532589125632
Happy Pride Month! Don't forget that the founder of Pride is a bisexual woman, Brenda Howard aka Mother of Pride, who organized the first pride parade. Don't forget that two of the most key figures in LGBT liberation were Marsha P Johnson, a black trans woman, and Sylvia Rivera, a puerto rican trans bi woman. Don't forget that the person to start the fight against the police at stonewall was Stormé DeLarverie, a butch and gnc biracial lesbian.
This year we need more than ever to remember that Stonewall was a movement led by Storme Delarverie (a black lesbian) and contributed to greatly by black trans women to combat the police brutality seen in queer and other minority communities
Be proud, but never stop being angry. We were given rights because our ancestors gave them riots
To be neutral is to side with the oppressor. Black Lives Matter. Then, now, and forevermore. Be proud. Be angry. And fuck cops
Pride Potions 2020 update (what do you mean pride month is over? its never over!)
My 2019 pride potions have officially updated, their cleaner and easier to read now. They have been updated on my Redbubble as well as a bunch of new stuff has been added there. So go enjoy and be gay!