Sex & Gender

don’t forget black trans women on #internationalwomensday

March 8, 2017

As visibility for black trans women is (slowly) increasing with the presence of actress Laverne Cox and writer/activist Janet Mock and shows like Oxygen’s ‘Strut’, transphobia and high homicide rates of trans women continue to be pressing examples of violence against women. LGBT-identified individuals are twice as likely to be attacked in hate crimes than others and 2016 marked the deadliest year, on record, for trans folx, with 27 murders accounted for. Trans women of color of make up the majority of those killings. 7 trans women have been murdered in 2017 alone. All of this before we even get into the suicide rates of trans persons due to transphobic marginalization and abuse. Now more than ever is it important to stand up for the rights and protection of all women—not just cis women—and prioritize sisters who are at high risk for violence. As with all types of allyship, no one’s asking you to become the Malcolm X of your cause. But for any person trying to be the change when it comes to trans acceptance and understanding, a first step for should be getting in the habit of never assuming someone’s gender and using their preferred pronouns to avoid misgendering someone. Unpack how your interactions with trans and non-binary people might be jammed with micro-aggressions.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at