During World Pride: Patrons at the Stonewall Inn Attempted to Silence a Black Trans Woman on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

During World Pride: Patrons at the Stonewall Inn Attempted to Silence a Black Trans Woman on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

It has been reported by two people on social media (@aspeneberhardt on Twitter and Leada Stray on Facebook) that at during World Pride, in New York City, at the Stonewall Inn, regarded as the flash point for the Gay Rights movement, there was an attempt to silence a Black Trans Woman, have her thrown out of the bar, and hauled off by police.

“A black trans woman disrupted a drag show at stonewall to call everyone out at the hypocrisy at how Pride was all about parties and corporations now even though black trans women are dying. All. Hell Broke. Loose.”

@aspeneberhardt goes on to say that the atmosphere during this time was very much “we care, but this is a party.” It would seem, based on the reporting on social media, that patrons of the Stonewall Inn, here in 2019, have forgotten that we are currently celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which were sparked by Black Trans Women and other Trans Women of Color, specifically: Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and their many contemporaries present that night. After all, when the bars were being raided in the 60s, anybody who could “pass” as straight would simply pair up with someone of the opposite sex and dance, so as to not violate laws against homosexuality. However, those who were dressed in clothes that did not fit their gender would be thrown in jail for a violation of the law. These were most often the drag queens and trans people.

@aspeneberhardt goes on to tweet:

“The people at the bar started muttering about calling the cops and we both started saying “no. You can’t call the cops.” Other patrons were trying to convince her to back down, of course. We tried talking to her about what she wanted to do. She still wanted to speak but”

Shame on the bar. This, on the night, literally 50 years after police pushed the Queer community to the brink of a riot, is utterly unacceptable.

Eventually, thanks to the work of some of the patrons, she was allowed to speak:

“She read the names of the black trans women who died. Facts about them. Their obituaries. She called on everyone in the bar to help. I would like to say the audience was respectful, but there was quite a bit of chatter and a few jeers.”

In case one needs a reminder of the work that has yet to be done, here in 2019: Black Trans Women are the most vulnerable in our LGBTQIA2 community. They are being murdered at astonishing rates, and there has not been an appropriate response from the cisgender people of our community.

Further, White cisgendered people continue to praise and uplift people and moments such as Pose on FX, Trans Women of Color, the Ballroom Scene and Legendary Black Queer figures like Billy Porter, but fail to take action as the list of the same people involved with these flavorful parts of Black Culture grows.

Later, @aspeneberhardt reported that they made contact with the Woman and encouraged her following to donate to her paypal: Timelessvision00@gmail.com

Story is developing.

Johnathan Gibbs

Johnathan Gibbs, also known as blasianFMA online, is a content creator, podcaster, activist, serial panelist, and bubble tea enthusiast. His work in activism began with his youtube channel "blasainFMA" in 2008, in which he worked to bring awareness to multiracial issues surrounding the intersection of Black and Asian identity. He later enjoyed at 60 episode run of his first podcast "Edugaytion" which covered QPOC issues from the point of view of people from around the United States. He is now working on a newly launched podcast, "This QPOC Life" which is a spiritual successor to the Edugaytion series, reimagined and ever evolving to be more sensitive to all marginalized communities. Johnathan enjoys playing video games and going on walks in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He is open to walking around other boroughs.

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