Despite racial marginalization, Black transgender women “at the front” of the LGBT movement


The 51st annual Pride Month was commemorated amidst the coronavirus pandemic and a national and international uprising against anti-Black racism and police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd. The origins of Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ rights, can be traced back to the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. Kelsey Welsh class of 2022, said these two coinciding rights movements provide an opportunity to discuss anti-Black racism in the LGBT community. Welsh said the important roles of Black activists in the then-LGBT community have been excluded from the larger Pride movement. “A Black trans woman was at the very front of that movement. She was known in my whole community, and yet her name [was] just kind of got forgotten,” Welsh said. “It definitely feels [like] the LGBT movement, and Pride in general, has always had a really big problem with intersectionality.”

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