Another Historic Meeting, Another Melanin Free Transgender Contingent
Once again, the age old pattern of white privilege intertwining with queer activism rears its pale, ugly head. Recently, the White House honored LGBT Pride and the 40th anniversary of Stonewall with a reception. Of the trans people invited to participate, not one person was African American. In her article, Another Historic Meeting, Another Melanin Free Transgender Contingent, Monica Roberts at TransGriot says:
i went nuclear last year when there was a historic committee hearing on transgender issues and not one African-American transgender person was invited to participate.
There was another historic gathering of importance to GLBT people that took place on Monday. It was in the wake of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that took place June 28, 1969.
This time the host was none other than the POTUS, and it took place in the building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that my ancestors helped construct with their unpaid labor.
So did the white transgender community learn its lesson from last year and make sure in the twelve transgender people that were selected to be there, there was some African-American representation?
This was supposed to be a commemoration of Stonewall, and Miss Major, one of the few African-American transpeople left who are Stonewall veterans is still alive and well.
Why wasn’t she there? Come to think of it, there were people in the trans community such as Vanessa Edwards Foster and Marti Abernathey who busted their derrieres in swing states like Ohio and Indiana to help get President Obama elected.
Washington DC itself is 61% African-American, which translates to Chocolate City having chocolate flavored transpeople. Where were they?
I also have to ask the question who put the list together this time or had input for it, knowing that you’ll shunt the blame to the Obama White House for the ‘oversight’?
And what pisses me and many African-American transpeople off even more about this dissing is the bitter irony that we weren’t invited to an event that an African-American president we helped to elect called to celebrate an event and a movement we helped jump off.
That about sums it up. Go read the rest of the post at TransGriot.