A reminder that no one has an accurate count of how many trans people across the world are murdered every year, and that violence against the trans community disproportionately affect trans people of color. This article has a list of 20 trans women murdered in the U.S. this year alone, and the status of their cases. Out of the 20, 17 of the victims were black or Latina.
Relatedly, a white trans woman writes of her white privilege in this stark New York Times op-ed. “On Feb. 11, I appeared on MSNBC with the anchor Thomas Roberts and the actress Judith Light, who stars in the Amazon series ‘Transparent,’ about a family with a transgender parent. We talked about the progress being made on transgender issues. But the progress isn’t equal for everyone. Penny Proud, a 21-year-old trans woman of color, was shot to death the day before, in New Orleans.”
A personal and in-depth take on why the Free the Nipple campaign matters. Writer Kylie Cheung gets called a slut by her high school friends after she posts to Facebook a picture in which she’s bra-less underneath a dress, making the outline of her nipple visible. Her rallying cry: “Whether or not I actively chose to sexualize myself, whether or not I consented to being sexualized — the choice wasn’t mine to make. Society long ago deemed my nipples perverted, pornographic instruments of sexuality because by some great misfortune they happened to attach themselves to a girl instead of a boy.” Free the nipple, indeed.
Over on Rookie magazine’s tumblr, a few quick and powerful stories of women having one another’s backs, protecting one another in moments of potential harassment: “I realized how much women need other women. That we can’t win this war without each other and we have to be looking out for each other, every second.”
And, in case you missed it: two badass activists painted the Stonewall statues brown in protest of the whitewashing of the historic riots. The newly released film Stonewall ignored the black and Latina trans activists who led the revolutionary demonstrations—a slap in the face to the still-kicking black trans activist Miss Major, a real-life Stonewall veteran. Here’s her candid interview with Autostraddle about the film.
Roundup by volunteer Harum H, image via Autostraddle.