Why Trans POC are magnificent

White House staffer and Transgender POC, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. Official White House photo.

by Mahkesha Hogg
Black Issues Columnist

The visibility of trans POC (people of color) in the last few years has gained momentum largely due to famous brown trans athletes, actresses, and political figures. In fact, last year the White House appointed its first transgender staffer, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who just happens to be a woman of color.

Actresses such as Laverne Cox have broken stereotypes. Athletes like Fallon Fox and Kye Allum show that you can play major sports and not be afraid of who you are. You don’t have to be famous to make an impact in your communities.

I was discussing the underexposure of non-famous people of color in the trans community with a trans-friend and she didn’t know of any organizations geared towards youth. She said that it made her feel that unless she had fame or money she couldn’t make an impact.

I had never heard of the term Trans POC until I came across a website which referred to that term. It made me feel good that there are places on the web that queer and trans POC can go for inspiration.

Trans POC still need representation in the larger LGBTQ+ community. In fact, I am an ally member of a new trans advocacy group in Oklahoma called VisAbiliTy. VisAbiliTy is partnered with Freedom Oklahoma. We are eager to hear from trans POC and know what specific issues you are facing in efforts to support your cause. Without hearing from you, we do not know.

Are you having problems with access to healthcare? Are you being racially and unfairly discriminated against? These are questions we often discuss. We will have your back and tackle any discrimination you face. We meet once every couple months and have fun social time. We also lobby at the State Capitol for trans and LGBTQ+ rights. 

Don’t let it stop at just one LGBTQ+ rights organization. Join others like OKC Pride and let them know what you would like to see at Pride. PFLAG is a support group for the family and friends of the LGBTQ+.

Be loud, be proud! Pee where you want to pee! Break stereotypes and barriers! Your time is now more than ever. You can make a difference in this world. You just have to know your power. Many trans POC are making a positive impact on society so carry the torch and let your voices be heard!

The Gayly – July 11, 2016 @ 8:45 a.m.