A group of leading LGBT social justice organizations have signed a letter calling on the presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to ensure that black lesbian, bi, and trans women are not left behind this election year and the next presidential term. The letter is a key component of the multi-platform “We Are All Women” justice campaign, which sheds light on the issues that plague black lesbian women and their bi and trans sisters; signatories include Georgia Equality, GLAAD, the National Black Justice Coalition, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
We write to outline how this vulnerable population, a key and robust contributor to the fabric of this nation, our history, our communities and our families, is affected; how our organizations and companies are committing to addressing their urgent needs; and how we are calling on you to commit to prioritizing these concerns.
From access to healthcare to access to education, no American should be left behind. When policymakers are unaware and unintentional about the unique challenges black lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women face, this demographic suffers a great injustice. Their children suffer, their communities suffer, America suffers.
The “We Are All Women” campaign’s objectives are to bring these issues to the forefront of our national consciousness and to secure commitment from the presidential candidates and social justice organizations to address these issues. “We Are All Women” is also comprised of visibility videos and a rally that will take place during Atlanta Pride on September 4 at a WNBA game with social justice advocates and celeb speakers. Proceeds from the event will go to the families of victims and survivors of the Orlando tragedy as well as to further telling our stories in the media.
“Before we vote we need to take the deepest look at who is catering to all parts of ourselves,” says campaign organizer and filmmaker Nneka Onuorah. “We are not just the LGBT community, we are also communities of color. We are not just women, we are women of color. We matter equally. Our voice is powerful. We won’t be convinced otherwise any longer.”
Onuorah was inspired to launch the campaign after hearing concerns from women who attended screenings of her documentary The Same Difference, which highlights stigma and gender policing within the black lesbian and bi community.
The campaign has already been endorsed and shared by numerous celebrity supporters, including Grey’s Anatomy‘s Sara Ramirez, True Blood‘s Rutina Wesley, singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and TV host Karamo Brown.
Read the full sign-on letter and list of organizations here. If an organization or company would like to come on as a supporter, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org.