This has been a big week for the LGBTQ community. The Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 were hallmark decisions that we’ll look to for years to come as pivotal moments in the movement for equal rights. And yet, as many of us that work for justice beyond equality know, there is so much more to be done.
Today, the Audre Lorde Project (ALP) and their partners celebrate their Annual Trans Day of Action, to be held today from 2-5pm at the Christopher Street Pier in NYC, and it couldn’t be more important:
“As we celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Stone Wall Riots, we want to lift up and honor the legacy of Trans women and gender non-conforming people of color as leaders of our movements for social and economic justice. All too often, we forget that without the fierce resiliency and vision for a new world Trans women and gender non-conforming of color led with, we would not be where we are today as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Non-Conforming people” – Elliott Fukui, coordinator of the Trans-Justice Project at ALP.
SONG, Southerners on New Ground, reacted to the decisions from the Supreme Court this week by releasing what they call their “love song” to their friends and allies in the movement.
“We know that here in the South our SONG family will be grappling with the reality of our lives, many of which have been made worse by the Supreme Court’s rulings affecting Affirmative Action, the Voting Rights Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act and the 5th Amendment,” said SONG in their statement.
The work of visionary, grassroots organizations like the Audre Lorde Project and SONG remind us that equality in access to marriage rights is one important element of a social justice agenda that cannot be sidelined, and must not be fractured. The call to action begins anew in the wake of this week’s rulings on marriage, because our lives, our economic, social and cultural rights, extend beyond marriage, and for those we must continue to fight. The work of liberation must continue and, in fact, it does.
For those in New York City, here are the TransJustice Day of Action details can be found here. And for those not in NYC or able to march, check out the livestream from 2-5pm EST!