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‘Pose’ Cast Calls On NAACP To Include Ways For The Organization To Guarantee That Black Trans Lives Matter

The cast and crew of “Pose” have a message for the NAACP: Black Trans Lives Matter. The creators and performers took to social media to call on the organization to do the work after receiving a generous donation from The Walt Disney Company, the parent company of FX.

The cast and crew of FX’s “Pose” want the NAACP to reaffirm that Black Trans Lives Matter.

The Walt Disney Company pledged money to help the Black Lives Matter movement and a portion of that money is going to the NAACP. The Walt Disney Company owns the Fox Networks Groups which includes FX, the production company behind “Pose.”

The show is an incredible telling of the Black and Afro-Latinx trans and queer experience in the late 1980s and the early 1990s New York City. The show is making history for the representation of Black and Afro-Latinx trans lives during the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

Indya Moore is using their Twitter account to educate people on how to rally for Black trans lives.

First, Moore called out a lack of care for Black trans lives by the NAACP. Black trans women experience a high level of violence as a community. Every year, Black trans women are murdered for being trans at higher rates than are reported. This is because in many cases people are deadnamed and misgendered when the deaths are reported.

Furthermore, Moore is using this moment to address how non-Black people should address Black trans lives.

Indya Moore is a trans, nonbinary, Afro-Tainx who uses they, their, them pronouns. As a trans person, Moore has shared advice on Twitter to better inform white people about addressing transphobia and homophobia. Namely, Moore wants people to know that the whole construct of homophobia and transphobia in Black communities is a result of white colonialism.

Some indigenous groups acknowledged multiple genders and sexual orientations. White colonizers spread their beliefs while conquering lands and forcibly converting indigenous people to their religions.

Moore argues that it is important for white people to understand the roots of the issue before critiquing something forced on the Black community.

There are several places people can go to learn how to be a better ally to the Black Lives Matter cause. Many highlight the need for allies to understand that they are there to support the cause and the people in the fight. It isn’t about forcing your own views of how the movement should go into the mix. Moore makes the same argument when it comes to white or queer white people protesting the Black trans lives.

In 2018, 26 trans people were killed in the U.S. and the Human Rights Campaign mentioned two deaths of trans women who were in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody shortly before dying. A large number of the trans people murdered in 2018 were Black trans women.

If you would like to donate to help Black trans people in the Black Lives Matter fight, you can check out any of these organizations: The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Homeless Black Trans Women Fund, Black Trans Travel Fund, Trans Justice Funding Project, The Transgender District, and Gay and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society.

READ: FX’s ‘Pose’ Is Giving Trans People Of Color The Representation They Have Never Seen Before

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Billy Porter Reflects On The Privilege To Get Back To Work During The Pandemic

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Billy Porter Reflects On The Privilege To Get Back To Work During The Pandemic

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The pandemic has left us hyper-focused on cleanliness and hygiene. This new normal has expanded to envelope everything in life, like work. Billy Porter, in partnership with Clorox® Scentiva®, spoke with mitú about working post-quarantine and a sweepstakes to help people upgrade their homes.

Billy Porter is grateful to have been able to get back to work after an uncertain year of quarantine.

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The pandemic shut down nearly every aspect of life over the past year. This includes production on television shows and movies while we waited to learn how the virus spread. Porter was one of the entertainers who had to wait to see what his job looked like. Covid protocols and disinfecting practices allowed him to get back to what he loved.

“My momma in the church always said that cleanliness is next to godliness so I’m trying to be as spiritually hive minded as I possibly can,” Porter says. “Keeping myself clean, keeping my space clean. Keeping my life clean and in order. It is a blessing and a gift to be able to get back to work in this time.”

Porter acknowledges that his ability to work during this time is something that so many people are unable to relate to. He recognizes the privilege he has in being able to go back to filming the final season of “Pose.”

The show is such a powerful moment of representation for queer and trans people of color.

Trans and queer people of color have long been ignored by both mainstream media and within the LGBTQ+ community. “Pose” was a time for the community to truly shine while telling the story of a generation that fought for their lives.

Porter is grateful to have the chance to be one of the players making the stories come to life. When he first started acting, the idea of a show like “Pose” was impossible.

“I also am grateful that I get to be a vessel to tell the story of the generation of people who were my friends whose legacy I get to lay out for the world and on whose shoulders I stand,” Porter says. “It was so great to go back post-quarantine to the set.”

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READ: ‘Pose’ Will Be Ending After Its Upcoming 3rd Season and Fans Are Crushed

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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