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  1. Kenia Brittney Armstrong
    Kenia Brittney Armstrong September 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm |

    I am a 59 yr old transwomen accepting my role in life as a role model for african american transwomen. I’ve never been married. The Marvin Gaye tragedy prevented me from marrying, nor children. I’m in 5 support groups and rarely seen many of us, if any at all. After watching Obama’s trip to Africa, I realized that most of my life has been to conform, adjust, keep secret etc. I also realized the importance of family. My sibs and I have matured together and now after telling them recently, the love we have for each other. has grown They love me regardless because we have always been there for each other. I attend a Christmas Night party for homeless trans kids from all over in Manhattan and the communication with the kids is so healthy for all of us. I realized that this is my role in life especially because we as african american transwomen especially need to know that you have to truly love yourself. Before you decide to marry, have children, religous beliefs, make sure you know yourself. There are more black CD’s in the closet afraid of what would happen. I was selected Honorary Mom on Mother’s Day by my dear friend who’s a black CD. She lost her mom to cancer and I have given her such positive comments she decided to do this. I travel as much as I can to show that the african american trans community is there. As soon as I find 2 churchs in Manhattan that are transfriendly, I will seek others like myself to let others know that black trans role models are there for you.

    Sincerely, Kenia Brittney Armstrong

  2. Aryah Elle
    Aryah Elle September 10, 2009 at 9:27 am |

    I myself have felt the effects of the lack of Black and/or African and Caribbean trans in the LGBT community. It saddens me to feel and observe the psychological quarantine that we are constantly being put in: first a minority, then of taboo sexual attractions, and lastly within that same said community. There are, however, ones to look up to as featured in this article. It is a lack of positive exposure that places our face in the world. Also barring us is the distrust that we have for each other, fed and grown by the reflections of society. Yet none of this should strip our hope, we can and will be stronger, as evident in the fight for equality and recognition that has occured during the past milennia. I leave this article with a lightness of heart and a belief in better things to come.

  3. Dominique
    Dominique September 10, 2009 at 10:38 am |

    I think there is a disportionate amount of white transpeople because we’re the ones who stepped up and were willing to be out and open. I only had one transperson of color willing to be out when I was transitioning.

    As for Lynn Conway’s “Successful Transwomen and Transmen” websites, if I’m not mistaken, those folks are on there voluntarily. There are many of color, but representation by blacks and latinos are limited. Again, I would love to see more step. My experience is limited in the black community, but I have been part of the latino community since childhood. I believe more are stealth because of social stigmas in those communities.

    One African American trans sister is my idol. She has more class in her pinky finger than I do in my whole body. I am honoured to be her friend and to have learned from her. If you find yourself at a Mac counter in Beverly Hills, tell her Dominique says “Hi” and “I love you”.

  4. ginasf
    ginasf September 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm |

    @Kenia,
    Sounds like some lucky transwoman is going to have an incredible mentor! Next to having a supportive family, I can’t imagine anything which would more positively impact someone’s transition.

  5. links for 2009-09-13 « Embololalia
    links for 2009-09-13 « Embololalia September 13, 2009 at 1:03 pm |

    […] Feministe » Why Black Transgender Role Models Are Important I want future generations of cisgender people inside and outside my African descended community to know not only what Alexander John Goodrum, Roberta Angela Dee, Dionne Stallworth, Kylar Broadus, Dawn Wilson, Dr. Marisa Richmond, Lorrainne Sade Baskerville, some transgender blogger who’s the 2006 IFGE Trinity Award winner and many others accomplished in their time here on Earth to build this community, it’s important for future generations of transkids to know this as well. (tags: trans lgbt african-americans) […]

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