Vigil Held For Islan Nettles, Transgender Woman Killed in Harlem

Mourners gathered in Harlem on Thursday night to remember Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old transgender woman who was beaten to death last week. Nettles was walking with friends on August 17 when she was confronted by a group of men. Once the men realized that Nettles and her friends were transgender, they verbally and physically assaulted them. The attack happened one block away from a local police station. Nettles died days later at Harlem Hospital after she was declared brain dead.

Via Colorlines.

A Letter to My Sisters Who Showed Up for Islan Nettles & Ourselves at the Vigil

Author and trans advocate Janet Mock writes a heartfelt letter of solidarity to the trans women that attended the recent vigil for Islan Nettles

Dear Sister, I stood in a crowd with you last night as we cried and cringed, applauded and gasped, embraced and turned away. I was there with you last night and I saw you in all your fierceness, despair, hope and rage. I also saw love, the same love that Chanel and Laverne wielded when they took the stage, speaking Islan Nettles’ name and pronouns with such authority ensuring that no one rewrote the life she brilliantly lived.

Continue reading on Janet’s blog.

What If We Do Better? Beginning A Dialogue With Brown Bois

In a response letter to ELIXHER’s “Love Letter to Studs,” shay(den) gonzales, a self-described “a bi-racial ftfemme aggress trans* dude,” challenges bois to think outside the box:

Preface: A collective femme love letter had been in the works as a response piece to: But, since I benefit from privilege as a “dude” presenting person or people assume that bc I’m a dude presenting person they can say whack shit around me it didn’t feel appropriate to take up space there.

Dear studs, butches, bois, AG’s, MOC ppl, transdudes, and…

I love you and not only do I love you but I like you. I like the way your smirk catches my eye, the way your tie matches your outfit, and the effortless nerdiness/compassion/swag/hustle/etc (that you and I both know you put so much energy into maintaining). But since I like you, can I be real? This might be one of those, “do I want to do you or be you moments” because I too am one these boys, but I’m also femme.

In our community that changes some things but it also means that we share some of the same privileges. But this letter is about more than privilege, liking, and loving. I also respect you and because I respect you, I wanna level with you, and hold you/us accountable.

Read the full letter on Black Girl Dangerous.

VIDEO: MOW: Aisha Moodie Mills and MacArthur Flournoy on MSNBC

Over the weekend, MSNBC invited the Center for American Progress’ Aisha Moodie-Mills and the Human Rights Campaign’s Rev. MacArthur Flournoy to discuss the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement and LGBT equality.

Via Rod 2.0.

MOW ‘Master Strategist’ Bayard Rustin Finally Recognized

“I never read about Rustin in high school and did not hear his name until years later when I was coming out as a young Black lesbian,” adds Mandy Carter, the veteran social justice activist who co-founded the NBJC. Carter lead the organization’s 2013 Bayard Rustin Commemoration Project, which culminated on Monday evening with an all-star tribute at Washington DC’s Lincoln Theater that was keynoted by Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez and featured Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart and others.

Read more at EBONY.

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