Equinox, a luxury gym franchise is sponsoring Ball Lives Matter, which is an initiative focused on community, organizing, direct action, mentorship, and the human rights issues impacting LGBTQ members of the house ballroom community.
You may know by now that trans women of color are some of the most harassed people in the LGBTQ spectrum. We have not reached even the end of summer and the list of trans women killed goes on and on and on. If you want to check your privilege, think of these women who have been killed just because of WHO they are. The patriarchy and toxic masculinity, encouraged by a dose of bigotry play a large role in the aggression and discrimination these women suffer.
Many trans women turn to sex work because there's little else for them to do. And being women of color, they are also prone to die at the hands of the state. It's a no-win situation for trans people, no matter how you look at it. Nearly one in six transgender Americans has been to prison and that number gets higher when it comes to black transgender people.
PAPERDana Martin— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) June 28, 2019
Michelle "Tamika" Washington
At least 11 trans people killed in 2019, so far. All Black trans women. #DemDebate
So when I saw this commercial for Equinox, I was very happy. Because trans women and trans feminine folks risk their lives every time they take a step, seeing them being shown in a mainstream ad gave me some hope. Transwomen of color could be in danger every time they go out. Every time they date someone. There needs to be more representation in the LGBTQ spectrum, I believe. When there's representation, there's awareness. When there's awareness, there's less fear. When there's less fear, there's less violence.
Trans people should be part of our Pride conversation, it should be part of the #DemDebate and it should be part of our everyday discussions because there's no LGBTQ without the T.