LGBT+ People of Colour are the Canary in the coal mine.
It’s long known that when it comes to the hierarchy of the LGBT+ acronym, queer POCs are the bottom of the barrel. This goes double for asexual, trans and/or bisexual women and femmes of colour. In 2016, London LGBT pride let the racist hate group UKIP march as part of the parade, because UKIP has a gay group as part of a movement. https://www.buzzfeed.com/patrickstrudwick/ukip-have-been-allowed-to-march-at-pride-and-some-lgbt-peopl?utm_term=.vfvnrbdeJ7#.umGRmMaEzg
This year London LGBT pride let a Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) group lead the parade after they pushed themselves to the very front. https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/07/07/anti-trans-group-allowed-to-lead-pride-in-london-march-after-hijack/
Now, we are rightfully disgusted that this was allowed to happen. The TERF group shouted transphobic slogans during the parade, which is supposed to be welcoming to Transgender people.
London LGBT Pride showed their hand years ago in 2016, but it was quickly forgotten and mostly ignored by the majority of pride attendees because UKIP hate is mostly aimed at POCs. Jacq A was part of the Community board for Pride London that year, and resigned when they realised what was happening. But no other member of the board stood up for LGBT People of Colour. And now we see another vulnerable group treated in a terrible manner with Trans folk being targeted. It seems the warning from the canary in the coal mine went unheeded until it affected (mostly) white people.
We at Bi’s of Colour chose back in 2016 to no longer work with or take part in London LGBT Pride. We have known for some time that London Pride is far from its roots as a protest – it’s simply a corporate party for affluent cisgender lesbians and gays. The Armed Forces, the police and airlines that regularly deport LGBT People of Colour have more of a presence at Pride than bisexual, trans and asexual groups – the cost of participating is often a major factor in that, but the unwelcoming atmosphere doesn’t help either.
Bi’s of Colour stand with our Trans and Nonbinary folk. We are sorry that they have been treated this way. London Pride is not a safe place for us, and it hasn’t been for some time. Pride is a PROTEST!
This looks like a great opportunity for European Trans folk of Colour – there will be a day of empowerment just for us before the main event happens. The conference is also offering full funding for those who need it, and are specifically encouraging of Trans POCs too.
Trans communities (like all LGBT+ communities) are an absolute blizzard, so please contact them and increase the volume of voices from Trans People of Colour!
– 7th European Transgender Council – Register now
Something I saw on http://miles-thebi.tumblr.com which really struck a cord, and we would really want to adopt it too.
Bi’s of Colour will not engage in any discussion or arguments over bisexuality vs pansexuality. This whole argument was born of straight, lesbian and gay people giving wrong definitions of what makes a person bi or pan. Until the 19th Century, Gay meant Happy, and Lesbian was someone of any gender who came from the Greek Island of Lesbos. At that time bisexual also meant Intersex. The definition of all three of these terms have changed drastically over the past 100+ years. Bisexuals and Pansexuals have enough to deal with, without getting into verbal fights over which term is more suitable.
The term Bisexual has a long history, but if you want to call yourself Pansexual, do it! Nobody gets to define your sexual orientation for you. You can be Transgender and Bisexual, Intersex and Pansexual, Cisgender and Bisexual, Asexual and Pansexual, and much, much more!
We at Bi’s of Colour hope you will be happy in your sexual orientation, however you define it. Don’t let monosexuals tear us apart!
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Camel Gupta and Jacqueline Applebee are the Co-Founders of Bi’s of Colour. We will both be appearing at Transpose. Jacqui will be reading some trans* smut, whilst Camel will be showcasing his project: Translations. We both hope to see your friendly faces there!