Sometimes when we can’t see the way forward, we need to reflect back.
As our country wrestles with the gravity of legal and cultural racism, we look to our QTPOC ancestors, particularly lesbian feminist, Audre Lorde. Her words illuminate a path forward.
“Revolution is not a one-time event. It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established, outgrown responses; for instance, it is learning to address each other’s difference with respect.
We share a common interest, survival, and it cannot be pursued in isolation from others simply because their differences make us uncomfortable.”
As we celebrate the progress that LGBTQ Americans have made, we will not leave behind the LGBTQ people who are black, brown, immigrant, undocumented and refugee. We will not forget that across the world, black transgender women are all too often targets of violence. If one group is not equal, then none of us are equal. Today and tomorrow, we unite with one voice to proclaim:
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