Activist Asanni Armon Reminds Us To Show Up For Black Transgender Women

Written by on February 26, 2021

It’s the final week of Black Historical past month, fam! And now we have had some main wins this February. Brooklyn “Sizzling Boy” rapper Bobby Shmurda was launched from jail; Lauryn Hill made historical past as the primary feminine rapper to achieve diamond standing within the U.S.; and Naomi Osaka received her fourth Grand Slam title on the Australian Open.

On this episode of “And THAT’s That,” drawing from the lens of Black historical past, the hosts think about a future the place all Black individuals have entry to correct medication and technological developments, and picture a second in time the place Black trans ladies are protected, liked and revered by all members of the group.

Based on the Human Rights Marketing campaign, at the very least 27 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals have been violently killed in 2020 — greater than every other yr since HRC started monitoring this knowledge in 2013. Asanni Armon, a transgender activist and founding father of the group For the Gworls sat down with Shaquille Romblay to elucidate why now we have to proceed to emphasise that “Black Trans Lives Matter.”

“It isn’t a delusion that almost all of Black trans individuals which might be murdered throughout the spectrum, the overwhelming majority of them are harmed by Black cis individuals,” Armon advised HuffPost. “I believe that we can not have a really trustworthy dialog about Black lives mattering if we can not discuss concerning the ways in which Black cis individuals hurt Black trans individuals. It isn’t about speaking about Black on Black crime, however it’s speaking concerning the ways in which cis individuals do maintain energy over Black trans individuals. If Black lives are presupposed to matter, then which means all Black lives. I believe that oftentimes individuals who help BLM don’t need to admit that an enormous portion of the individuals on the entrance strains of BLM are Black queer individuals and trans individuals.”

Take heed to the complete episode, together with Romblay’s full interview with Armon, under.

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