In case you missed it, Diane Sawyer conducted a “landmark” interview with Bruce Jenner, Olympian and reality star, sharing his* trans journey. The interview triggered a variety of reactions and responses. Noting the general lack of trans awareness in popular LGBT conversations, Black trans folk (like Black Queer folk) are too often erased from the narrative. Even Bruce’s courage must be contextualized in a system that prefers affluence, whiteness, and conservatism; all things of which Bruce has full access.
More importantly, we should take this time to raise up Black trans voices who are already doing a work of visibility online. As cis** folks, it is important to take a seat and listen to Black trans people’s narratives, struggles, and celebrations. Trans visibility is growing and we should tune our ears to our people doing this work! The Blavity team took some time to curate a list of 7 Black Trans leaders to connect with.
1. Ahya Simone (@idee_fixe_):
It’s no shade tho Jenner benefits from class and white privilege tho. Huge reason we have this interview
— Goddess Munroe (@Idee_fixe_) April 25, 2015
2. Hunter Ashley Lourdes (@HunterLourdes)
3. Tiq Milan (@themrmilan)
it’s important to note that the safe space for #BruceJenner to come out is due to all the hard work so many Trans folks & orgs have done
— Tiq (@themrmilan) April 25, 2015
4. Janet Mock (@janetmock)
5. Kortney Ziegler (@fakerapper)
I’m Happy for all trans people who have the space to exist. No matter what.
— trap king kortney ✊ (@fakerapper) April 25, 2015
6. Katrina Goodlett (@TweetTrina4Lyfe)
7. Laverne Cox (@LaverneCox)
Sending lots of love and support to #BruceJenner and their family tonight. It is always brave to stand in one’s truth. Congrats darling.
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) April 25, 2015
If you would like to share a Black Trans perspective on Bruce Jenner or anything else you want to see on #Blavity, email our Editor: Morgan@blavity.com
*the original version of this article appeared before Caitlyn announced her name
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