Melanated Queen Quarterly Summer 2020 Edition

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BLACK TRANS TRAUMA: WHY IT MATTERS & WHY YOU SHOULD CARE By Alaiyia Williams What are the determinants that deem a black life... valuable!? How do you feel when you see the constant R.I.P. collages of Black Transwomen who have lost

their lives as a result of violence (most times at the hands of Black Men). These are questions that I often ask my fellow Black People. However, with these questions in mind, I want to specifically speak to my Black Cisgender Women. I ask that you receive this message with love and that you be open to the concept of true understanding, as I am speaking through my own personal experiences as a Black Transgender Woman. I challenge anyone who struggles to answer this to do some introspection. First and foremost, I want to acknowledge my Black Cisgender Sisters who live in love and respect of myself and individuals like me. We see you and we appreciate your embrace and support. We also understand that unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.

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