Poet, LGBTQ Advocate
Transcript: All Black Lives
To be honest, I don't know how to write this poem
I don't know an artistic way to express the distress of knowing that
too many black women have been murdered this year
spent their entire lives in fear
and their deaths will not produce a tear from those who cheer
Black Lives Matter.
But what is that?
An organization that campaigns against violence towards Blacks but
some followers seem to have forgotten that because
Black lives can't matter unless
all Black lives matter.
And all black lives include trans but I still have yet to see any trending topics about that,
any hashtags about that,
any media coverage about that,
any black celebrities that give a crap.
An organization started by Black Queer women but how many people actually knew that fact.
You can not claim to be pro-Black then not recognize any Black people who are Queer.
We are not cons.
It is so sad to see that we are our community's deepest fear
We are pushed below murderers,
keep rapists in the home
but would kick out a child because of their choice of clothes, then scream
Black Lives Matter
Black lives matter, but I am homeless
due to people of my own complexion not seeing me as equal.
I am the sequel.
To be continued because
Black and Queer are not the same things
even though we are all in the same race.
put a bullet to Muhlaysia Booker's face
one month after the infamous day you filmed her being attacked in a public space.
But this type of woman will never go viral.
Why are we moving in a downward spiral?
At the age 21, Claire Legato's life had just begun
to be ended
by the shot of a gun.
Why are we suffering at the hands of our own people
who view this life as a choice
as if to say there is something fun about having a life expectancy a little over the age of 31
If I die young
I know you won't come to my funeral
You will have a moment of silence
and stay silent on the issues impacting my community.
So while I'm alive as Black Transgender
I must speak
I must scream
I must ask
does my Black life not matter to you?
does the makeup I paint on my face put a target for you to want to shoot?
when amongst my people I seem to be some sort of version of Katniss Everdeen, the tribute, the sacrifice?
I did not volunteer to be in a war called everyday life,
I am suffering.
Because it seems like the death of a Black life has become a new form of entertainment
Why am I hungry for the attention of my own people
who claim to hate Donald Trump's tactic
So why have you adopted them by building a wall to block my identity?
When will Black lives really matter to you?
I guess we'll find out in part two.
The Black lives that don't matter to Black people.
Transcript: Finding Your Space
I went to high school, and I was a part of a performing arts program. Through that, I was able to figure out my best way of expressing myself and communicating my ideas and that was through poetry.
I went to high school in an environment where I wasn't really accepted, so poetry allowed me to be in spaces where I could be myself.
And in those spaces there would be.. it was just very inclusive and very diverse. And I would learn so much from different people!