‘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.