Statement From Louisville Trans Men – June 1, 2020

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. ~ James Baldwin

Although protest and outrage has been publicized by the media concerning the unjust acts of violence on black and brown bodies – murder – by the hands of law enforcement – Breonna Taylor, George Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, the murder of Tony McDade – a black trans man – has been largely ignored. It is essential as a group for and by trans and non-binary individuals that LTM fight alongside.

The murder and dehumanization of our brothers, sisters, and siblings of color is not new and we have come to the conversation and taken action too late. (One of our members equated it to buying a winter coat after the blizzard had already started and so found that although a fairly simple metaphor it is extremely accessible).

We apologize for our silence; for our complicity; for our lack of haste and urgency.

  1. We commit to the development of a vision and mission that not only recognizes but celebrates intersectionality.
  2. We commit to acknowledging and celebrating the leadership of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) individuals today and throughout LGBTQ+ history at the frontlines.

Lastly, words are merely the beginning – action is necessary. Louisville Trans Men commit to anti-racism and intersectionality. Black Lives Matter.

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