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This #justiceforeyricka video broke my heart last night yet I still was able to sleep in my bed safely and comfortably – something Eyricka King (Thompson) has not been able to do. Eyricka is a black trans woman who is currently incarcerated by New York State.

According to a letter she wrote (which took several attempts to get outside the correctional facility’s walls) she has been physically and sexually abused and placed in solitary confinement. This is cruel and unjust yet all too usual punishment and treatment of trans women of color.

1. SHARING this video by @slaytv.
2. SAYING her name: #JusticeforEyricka
3. READING her letter from behind bars at @justiceforeyricka
4. CALLING the offices below to demand that Eyricka King (DIN: 16A4486) be moved to a facility where she can be in protective custody and not solitary confinement:
518-445-6176: Health Services Office in Albany (To report cases where a person is not being given appropriate medical attention)
518-457-3955 Jason Effman (Head of PREA in Albany)
518-457-2653 Office of Special Investigations
518-474-1010 Office of the Inspector General
5. SIGNING her petition on @changedotorg
#justiceforeyricka #girlslikeus #twoc #transisbeautiful (at New York, New York)

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“To young trans folk: Remember that this is your school too. You deserve to be there just as much as any other student. You deserve equal access, affirmation and an education, and you must recognize that you are powerful. You belong, and nothing - absolutely nothing - is wrong with you.” - @janetmock

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I actually think Janet Mock is this super cool liberal who is totally trying really hard to come to terms with the fact that her own experience with other trams women and people is forcing her to go radical. I think watching that process is cool.
Also, she said something that will stay with me forever:

“When we think of trans women, we always think about the cece’s the Tina’s the ones in jail or already dead. We never think about how trans women and especially trans women of color that are still here. Still alive. What are you doing for them? Have you ever met one? Talked to one? Offered her your home? Your time? It’s funny because every one of you in this room has given a lot of time in thought and maybe organizing to dead trans women of color. Now do the same to the ones of us still here”

I don’t want any more of my sisters in holes in the ground.


3 Year Manniversary: Perseverance.

Today, on this day, I leaped onto an unfamiliar path.

On this day, three years ago, I walked into a “hospital for special surgery” in Florida. I had what felt like the weight of the world on my chest. I knowingly trusted a stranger with the task of eradicating it. Before this day was over, this weight, this burden had been lifted.

Many of us trans-masculine folx walk into our surgeries expecting a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. For many of us, including me, this does partially ring true. Yet we fail to realize the bigger picture that lies before us.

Unknowingly, I had stepped into a realm I was unacquainted with, a realm with many consequences. I lived in a world of black, and envisaged transitioning into a world of white. I never anticipated existing in a domain of constant grey. I hadn’t taken the time to grasp onto the fact that social changes would come about as a result of having surgery and deviating away from the gender I was born at birth.  I didn’t comprehend what social implications were attached to identifying as a person of trans* experience. I had yet to unpack the innumerable nuances experienced by trans* people in general or and tackle them head on. I expected to undergo surgery, and to live free of any more burdens.

The universe must have laughed at my naivety.

(Carmen Alexis Photography)

It’s only been 3 years, but during these very few years I have grown into a more informed person. My chest and appearance have granted me many privileges, although being an out trans* person presenting as androgynous has subjected me to a great deal of transphobia. I am learning how to navigate in a new body while also informing others about the extra strides trans* folx must take to be regarded as human. (Note my lack of the word “normal.”) I can now view the world from various perspectives, and am especially aware of the view from the bottom. My experiences are richer than ever and my interactions are full of color. There is never a dull moment. If the universe laughed at me before, I think now it may be applauding me and any other trans* people for our resilience to overcome various hindrances. Trans* folx are by far the strongest people I know. We stare death and walk without fear. 

I am thankful for both positive and negative experiences bound to me on this wild ride called transition. Without them, how could I have learned to persevere? What doesn’t kill me…. does indeed make me stronger.


unitedstatesofalia  asked:

Hi! So I was wondering if you could let me know some of your favorite authors and/or books that you've read. Thank you !

You know what, I get this question a lot and I think people expect to hear Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Angela Davis, James Baldwin et. al. and they are GREAT of course; you only have to see my Quotes section to know how I feel about them.

But…this time, as I recently did when asked on Ask FM, I am gonna name contemporary writers that are around my age, brilliant and I interact with on Twitter:

@Blackamazon, ‎@slb79, ‎@sassycrass, ‎@Karnythia, ‎@tgirlinterruptd, ‎@so_treu, ‎@ChiefElk, ‎@bad_dominicana, ‎@djolder, ‎@PhuzzieSlippers, ‎@jazonyamine, ‎@BBrianFoster, ‎@JanetMock, ‎@ethiopienne, ‎@prisonculture, ‎@TheTinaVasquez, ‎@redlightpolitics (I miss her voice), ‎@JamilahLemieux, ‎@jaythenerdkid, ‎@KWestSavali, ‎@SarahKendzior, ‎@FatBodyPolitics and ‎@Shakestweetz

I probably forgot some that are also great. But these writers and thinkers right here tho! Get into them. 

Also, on Ask FM I named 3 books that really affected me: Sula (Toni Morrison), In Search Of Our Mothers’ Gardens (Alice Walker) and Pedagogy of The Oppressed (Paulo Freire). Add No Name In The Street (James Baldwin) and Blues Legacies and Black Feminism (Angela Davis) to this. ❤

#SAYHERNAME: Janet Mock remembers all 17 trans women killed this year
The number of trans women killed this year already exceeds the total amount of women killed in 2014. Learn more about their stories.
@PiersMorgan Vs #trans #girlslikeus #twoc

This is why understanding the critical theory of transness, why liberating transness is so important to do, and why it is that my timetable on releasing that very thing was moved up.

Want to know why you are, in fact, transphobic, Mr. Morgan?

Or will you cling to a defensiveness that you, yourself, know nothing about?

You do not get a free pass anymore.

No more of my sisters are going to stand for it. 

No more are we to be asked for our medical information, nor will our genitals be the topic of your prurient gaze, your lurid objectification, your pathetic and thoughtless pandering.

 Chris Geidner, thank you for running Janet Mock’s response and showing both her and Laverne Cox’s image. I am blessed to be friends with all of you.

Like far too many of my brothers, sisters, and siblings, the constant interest in things that only the rudest would ask, that only the most hateful would focus on, that reduce us to parts and pieces, after 60 years of the same, over and over again, I am sick of it.

I will not defend the ideas of those both within and without the Trans Community who would think that a question of the sort those of us of color have had to put up with for generations is “fair” or natural or merely an aspect of curiosity.

It is not an excuse, and all too often it is merely a part of a larger system that seeks to tell us what our place is, that pushes us into the edges and the margins, that invokes images of purpose for sex, of existence for others, and of trite misogyny that tells us that women’s bodies do not belong to them, as well as bespeaking the falsehood that is our lives are divided and fashioned by a knife.

Critical theory is the creation and tool and power of brilliance that people of color have fashioned. The time has come for the political theory of transness, for the liberation of our lives from the stranglehold of anxiety, aversion, and animus.

Now we will take this moment, I and my brothers and my sisters and my siblings, and we shall stand resolute against such puerile and salacious pushes.

Tweet to the universe: there will be no more genitals be spoken until all people are asked of such.