Sometimes We Gotta Rise Up




Hey, PushBlack family! Today, we’re honoring Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender activist and general badass who during the 1969 Stonewall riots, helped start what we now refer to as Pride.



Hey, PushBlack family! This past June was pretty awesome. Not only did it mark the anniversary of the modern LGBTQ movement, it also marked a historic Supreme Court decision recognizing the right for same-sex couples to marry. For these reasons, we’re honoring Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender activist and general badass who during the 1969 Stonewall riots, helped start what we now refer to as Pride. In fact, the movement for LGBTQ rights is intertwined with the black experience.

Like the recent Ferguson and Baltimore protests, the Stonewall riots were started by young black and brown folks who were asserting their humanity by pushing back against police violence. So, let’s celebrate that #BlackTransLivesMatter, #BlackQueerLivesMatter, #BlackLesbianLivesMatter, and #BlackGayLivesMatter.

The fight for humanity: From Marsha P. Johnson to Freddie Gray.

In many ways, society seems to forget the anti-racist and anti-state violence origins of Pride celebrations. While many strides have been made towards LGBTQ rights, black LGBTQ youth are some of the most at-risk of experiencing police brutality and being targeted for violence. This short article connects the Stonewall riots to the recent protests in Baltimore and explains that sometimes we have no choice but to rise up.

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Listening to these couples talk about love will make you shed tears.

Watch these couples talk about their experience dating while black and transgender. The 10-minute conversation ranges from funny stories about how folks met to inspiring stories of support and acceptance…and it’s worth every.single.minute.

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Playlist of the Day

With last month being Black Music Month and the month the Supreme Court made its monumental decision, we’ve been jamming to some of our favorite tunes that mark the influence of black folks and queer folks on the music industry. So we wanted to share.

FROM STONEWALL TO BALTIMORE   LISTEN   


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Curated by PushBlack family members:

Lucretia John @wearepushblack
Jeffrey Richardson @JeffreynDC
Emeliem Ogbolu @Occamsgilette