We’ve allowed our fear and the stigma associated with illness and poverty to silence our stories, and that silence is literally killing us.
Whether trying to get a basic doctor’s visit, mental health services, or HIV/AIDS related care, Black trans* people have an uphill and often dangerous battle.
It’s an ongoing problem, but what do we do about it?
What exactly does a “good ally” look like?
Many people don’t know that almost half of the counties in California don’t have an accessible abortion provider, and 22 percent of counties don’t have a provider at all.
“Do you have insurance?” the nurse asked me as I checked in for my abortion.
Abortions were something I knew other people had—a right I supported, but I stayed out of the conversation in case someone would find me out.
Two stories really struck me, the first an allegory about rape and the shame forced upon survivors.
I know your words weren’t intended to wound me, but they did.
While my dad has a lot of privileges in life, he has taught me the one lesson I hold dearest – how to be a great ally.