Predictably, it appears that a white person has decided to attack Black leadership within Houston's LGBT Political Caucus. They are being accused of throwing the transgender community under the bus, and there are SEVERAL holes in this argument. The biggest one is that the Houston Ministers that came out against the HOUSTON EQUAL RIGHTS ORDINANCE are to blame for its failure at the polls. We all know that the PRO HERO side screwed up by not including Black and Brown people and letting HRC (HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN) call the shots in a campaign to provide equal rights. Keep in mind that Houston Unites was created two months before the 2015 GENERAL ELECTION to turn out the vote in support of HERO. In contrast, the opposition started theirs on May 1st of 2014 while the ones with all the money and power, who, ***gasp*** are WHITE decided to drag their feet to make an effort to counter the opposition's narrative. The racism within the LGBT community on a mainstream level is very prevalent, yet very micro aggressive to the point that they managed to never reach out to Black and Brown voters. They have little insidious ways of denying their subtle racism while unknowingly destroying efforts for equality.
While these Ministers have continued their Hate campaign, the biggest issue is that BLACK LGBT people have a stronger voice than before and will not stand for white people shutting them out or speaking for them. The TRUTH is that Black people are at a stage where we have to have conversations amongst ourselves about our differences. The only issue I have is with Folks talking to the ministers without the inclusion of Black Trans folk in a binary sense (Trans men and women), we have to teach people who look like us, about us and that includes having a conversation between Black LGBT people (Trans folk especially since they are attacked the most) and our straight/cisgender counterparts. Let me remind you that Black Transwomen in particular are predisposed to hate on a level beyond comprehension and I do not recall seeing many white names on the list being of Trans folks who were senselessly murdered called out at TDORs across this country.
I do not recall white women being criminalized like Black women for being Trans and again murdered while Black and Trans. With that said, the leadership of all groups who happen to be Black must have a seat at a table and talk our issues out and move forward without interference from privileged white folks like the author of this article Cristan Williams who has been called out on her racism before... But, before I go any further there read the article and pay close attention wording and images:
This attack on Black board members is clearly an OBVIOUS one, Mike is Genderqueer.. RESPECT THEIR PRONOUNS Cristan. Also, I would love for you to prove this:
"Most worrisome, is Humphries assertion that the transgender community has no place at the table when discussing this issue, even though it was the transgender community that was directly and maliciously attacked by HBVHAV during the fight to protect HERO..."
While I don't see eye to eye, trust or even like them at points, they are Black people advancing a cause of equity as opposed to that weak as ideology of equality white folks are pushing. There has been an aggressive campaign to stop Black folk from reaching leadership roles or to sabotage them while they are in them. Alexis Melvin is another who loves to hide behind her privilege of whiteness and throw stones from rented glass houses. She has a race issue as well and while she was on the board made sure to make life hard for People of Color who were also on the board with her at the time. Now, AGAIN they want to control Black folks narrative while living comfortably and watching Black Trans folk struggle in every way imaginable. The real truth is that The Caucus lost their 501C3 (nonprofit) status in 2014 while under MAJORITY WHITE LEADERSHIP and they brought in "diversity" by electing a majority POC board who in turn got the 501C3 status back. Not only did they do that, these folks increase leadership and raised some of the highest sums of money for the caucus at fundraisers.
WHITE PEOPLE WANT THEIR CONTROL BACK! Ask Jack Valinski why he was elected, ask him why he curated a membership database, as a board member, and only recently gave other board members access to it. What is the real truth, ARE TRANS PEOPLE REALLY BEING THROWN UNDER THE BUS? or is it that BLACK TRANS PEOPLE BEING LEFT OUT AND ARE BLACK LGBT FOLKS BEING THROWN UNDER THE BUS THEMSELVES?
Just look at Cristan's affinity for symbolism using memes:
Cristan has definitely made clear in the past that she does not see color when it comes to LGBT people and that we are all one group with no racial strife and that is a dangerous thought process. The thing is that Cristan is seen as a leader and in her whiteness she took a BLACK bus and positioned it as the thing rolling over the Trans community. Why is that bus Black? The caucus is POC led org, but with a LARGE WHITE BODY WHO does not move very far towards inclusive anything. SO, this Black bus represents the Black community and how she things that we are rolling over the Trans community as if Black Trans folks dont exist and are not on board with this idea to get groups to stop fighting to focus on dismatling white supremacy in all of its forms. Facts are facts, this article that Cristan wrote IS AN ATTACK ON ANYONE BLACK AND LGBT and exclusionary of Black folks. Look at this article I wrote over a year ago, Cristan let it be known where she stands:
AGAIN, DO BETTER WHITE PEOPLE!!!