"I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community."

– Janet Mock

Welcome to day 18

Topic: Intersections: Race + Sexuality

Challenge yourself to learn more about inequitable barriers related to race and sexuality. Take the step to act from one of today’s challenge menu items.

Reminder, no matter who you are or where you are on the journey, you will not be perfect. Try to digest the information slowly and go at your own pace. Allow time for reflection and avoid feeling pressured to tackle everything.

The Stonewall Rebellion is widely recognized as an event that sparked the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.

On June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a tiny gay bar in New York City, fought back against the police as they raided the premises.

Black transgender women played key roles in the starting point of LGBTQ+ equality, although their contributions have often been overlooked, even within the gay community. In My Stonewall Is Black, writer and activist George M. Johnson tackles this issue.

Ongoing discrimination – rooted in homophobia and transphobia – has a significant negative impact on members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Research from the Center for American Progress shows that LGBTQ+ individuals experience widespread discrimination, often manifesting itself as getting passed over for promotions, being bullied in schools, being refused healthcare, or being denied equal treatment at a store or hotel. The intersectionality of race and sexual orientation and gender identity also has compounding effects on individuals’ well-being: Black transgender and gender non-conforming individuals experience some of the highest levels of discrimination and threats on their personal safety.

Though Black same-sex couples earn about the same median income (average of $41,500) as their Black straight counterparts, they lag behind white same-sex couples ($63,500) in household income. Households headed by Black lesbian couples experience substantial disparities in earnings compared to their Black married heterosexual counterparts, making $10,000 less. This gender wealth gap echoes analysis by the Williams Institute that shows Black lesbian couples have poverty rates of 21.1 percent compared to just 4.3 percent for white lesbians and 14.4 percent for gay Black men. Further, Black lesbians raising children are twice as likely to be living in poverty. (Center for American Progress)

Did You Know?

Latinx support for LGBTQ+ issues is strong and ever growing:

  • 59% say that same-sex attraction should be accepted by society.
  • 54% support marriage between same-sex couples, outpacing the population, of which 53% support marriage for gay couples, according to a 2012 Gallup poll.
  • According to a 2010 Bendixen & Amandi International poll of Latinx individuals in the U.S.:
    • 80% believe gay people often face discrimination.
    • 83% support housing and employment non-discrimination protections.
    • 75% support school policies to prevent harassment and bullying of students who are or are perceived to be gay.
    • 55% (and 68% of Latinx Catholics) say that being gay is morally acceptable.

Challenge Menu

Southerners on New Ground (SONG)

Learn about local LGBTQ+ community organizers like Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and how you can support their civic engagement work. SONG advocates the dignity of our spiritual practices; fairness in our economic systems; full access to participating in and benefiting from our society’s institutions; and human rights for all and justice as a birthright. SONG currently builds a base of LGBTQ leaders in the South, connected to each other, to confront power through direct action campaigns and create culture change toward liberation.

Effective Allyship: A Transgender Take on Intersectionality

In this TED Talk, Ashlee Marie Preston challenges us to see our shared humanity. We all want to be acknowledged and seen for who we are, not how others label us. Are we welcoming others into our circles or are we in effect saying “Get over it —you’re not the only one who has experienced pain”? (15 minutes)

Why Pronouns Matter For Trans People

Help normalize using a person’s pronouns. Watch this quick video to learn why using correct pronouns is so important. Add your pronouns to your email signature, to show your advocacy for LGBTQ+ individuals. (2 minutes)

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Public Policy Agenda

Be an advocate for enforcing housing antidiscrimination laws. As noted, Black gay and transgender people experience significant rates of homelessness and housing discrimination. Laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in shelters and housing are critical to help create stable living conditions for Black gay and transgender individuals and their families.

OUT Georgia Impact Fund

Give to the OUT Georgia Impact Fund so that there are more LGTBQ+ friendly services that address a wholistic set of needs for all gay and transgender youth, adults, and families.