• Monique Bonds

You Can't Be Pro Black and Homophobic.

Imagine proclaiming that Black Lives Matter and excluding those of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a double standard to scream you're pro black and leave out anybody black. Rather they're black and gay, trans, lesbian, bisexual, or anything else; they're still black, and their life matters.  

Ironically, the month of pride and the #BlackLivesMatter movement has collided as all African Americans have been a victim to this injustice. 

Just two days after the wrongful murder of George Floyd, the Tallahassee police department shot and killed yet another unarmed black trans man by the name of Tony Mcdade, (say his name.)

The death of Tony Mcdade caused an uproar within the LGBTQ+ community as they've realized how the #BlackLivesMatter movement has ostracized the LGBTQ+ community. Many people are using the hashtag #BlackTransLivesMatter as they've been doing, but now they're receiving criticism. A few African Americans apart of the #BlackLivesMatter movement feel as if creating a hashtag for the LGBTQ+ community is similar to protesting "All Lives Matter."

This is false.

A black trans woman created the first LGBTQ+ movement by the name of Marsha P. Johnson. Johnson stood in her truth and fought for the LGBTQ+ community's rights like many other leaders we've learned about, yet Marsha never received her flowers. 

Before Marsha, New York refused to grant licenses to bars that served gays. This allowed police to raid every bar in the 1950s and '60s with a warrant until they raided Stonewall Inn, full of black gays and drag queens. 

They arrested 13 people at Stonewall Inn, and the revolution began.

When the New York police demanded to do sex verification checks on trans women, an impulsive protest broke out, and black trans women like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were at the frontline. 

Without brave souls like Marsha standing up and starting riots, the LGBTQ+ community would not have a national pride month nor the many rights they do today. 

I think it's time we as African Americans give the LGBTQ+ community the respect they deserve as many see them as a double target for being not only gay but black. 

Not only do #BlackLivesMatter but #BlackTransLivesMatter as they have faced the same ridicule, if not more from police, the black community, and others. 

Both Marsha and Martin Luther King Jr. have fought for the rights of African Americans, so when you uplift Martin Luther King Jr. using his quotes to protest and riot, remember to uplift Marsha P. Johnson and the LGBTQ+ community too. 

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