October is TBLG History month, and I decided to to make sure that the 'T' end of the GLBT community was capitalized and not ignored. One of the other things the TransGriot can promise will happen is that the contributions of trans people of color aren't erased from this TBLG history month observance.
This blog will be highlighting our trans history, and just to get this chocolate history party started I'm going to take you back to 2007.
A discussion got started on the TGV Advocacy Yahoo Trans discussion list about trans community heroes and sheroes. A list was compiled of of those trans heroes and sheroes that I pointed out was rather thin on transpeople of color.
Of course you know my motto when it comes to this community: If you want something done right and don't want to see POC's getting erased, better do the damned thing yourself.
So what I did at the time was got to my Transsistahs-Transbrothas List which was comprised of African descended people from around the country and had them help me put together an initial list of our trans African descended heroes and sheroes who are living and deceased.
I've added to it since 2007 as I've become aware of people and the work they've done, and this is a work in progress. And yes, added myself to it at the bottom of the list.
If there are people that you think need to be added to this list, let me know in the comments section..
The African Descended Trans Heroes and Sheroes List:
Dr. Marisa Richmond
Alexander John Goodrum
Roberta Angela Dee
Tracy Jada O'Brien
Rev. Joshua Holiday
DJ Miss Honey Dijon
James 'Sweet Evening Breeze' Herndon
The Lady Chablis
Octavia St. Laurent
Dee Dee Chamblee
Lucy Hicks Anderson
A Dionne Stallworth
Lorrainne Sade Baskerville
Sharon Franklin Brown
Alyras De Cygne
Rev. Louis Mitchell
Dana DeAnda Turner