Holding this revolutionary woman @reinaxgossett close today as filmmaker David France is applauded for his Netflix documentary about Marsha P. Johnson. It is based on Reina Gossett’s work (swipe to read Reina’s statement). Reina is a black trans woman who reintroduced our generation to ourselves by uncovering and recentering trans women of color revolutionaries. Her digital archives of movement foremothers Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera are integral to our current understanding of their contributions which were long diminished by white cis folk. This brilliant black trans girl went about researching, archiving & digitizing content that was previously inaccessible for decades. She interviewed Marsha & Sylvia’s peers. She did this work without pay.
Today, this black trans woman’s work about a black trans woman was used to make a film helmed by a credentialed white cis man aided by Netflix’s millions. Meanwhile Reina is borrowing money to pay rent as viewers around the world watch a film based on her unpaid, uncredited work. Support Reina — she made @hbdmarsha w/ @sashawortzel! Book her as a speaker! Let others know about her vital contributions. These are our stories, our lives and we will not be erased or silenced.
I had the honor of sitting with and soaking in all the excellence -- and realness -- that is @tarajiphenson whom I interviewed for the October issue of @marieclairemag where she discusses her hustle, her talent and her legacy. She says, "I love black people. I love telling stories. I want these little girls to study me like I studied Meryl and Bette Davis and Carol Burnett. I want them to study my work, because I put a lot of work in, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears."
No human is illegal. Period. We must show up and fight alongside our undocumented siblings, including the 800K plus Dreamers who are among those currently targeted and scapegoated by Trump who made yet another inhumane move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). It's vital that we pushback, resist and contribute however we can to #DefendDACA: HIT the streets, CALL your representatives (callmycongress.com) and/or DONATE to grassroots orgs (here are just some queer/trans-inclusive suggestions: @maketheroadny@familiatqlm@translatinacoalition@ellaparatranslatinas) and individuals needing direct access to funds. ¡Si, Se Puede!