Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Protest for trans black women planned in SF

Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project was represented in a previous event. (Photo: TGI Justice Project.)

Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project was represented in a previous event. (Photo: TGI Justice Project.)

A demonstration is being planned in San Francisco to call for more shelter spaces for black transgender women. The event starts at 8 a.m. Friday, November 20 at 10th and Mission streets.

The protest, which organizers are calling “#HereToStay: Denying Shelter and Dignity to Black Trans Women is a Weapon in the War on Black People,” is taking place on the global Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Danielle Castro, a transgender woman who’s supporting the demonstration, said, “It is a very important event. It’s an ongoing battle with the violence that we face.”

Castro added that black transgender women especially are being “erased” and called what’s happening “genocide.” There has been widespread concern about the murders of black transgender women and other trans women of color in recent years.

Almost one out of every three homeless people in San Francisco identify as LGBT, according to a recent city survey, and winter is approaching.

“The cold months are coming, and we don’t have adequate shelter for trans women or trans people in general,” Castro said. “It’s a big barrier, and a scary time to be homeless.”

The city recently opened Jazzie’s Place, a homeless shelter designed to be welcoming to LGBTs. The space, which is operated by Dolores Street Community Services, is named for Jazzie Collins, a black trans woman who advocated for housing, seniors, and other issues and died in 2013. The shelter is located at 1050 South Van Ness.

One of the groups involved in organizing Friday’s demonstration is the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project, which helps trans people who are incarcerated. Janetta Johnson, the nonprofit’s executive director, didn’t respond to a request for comment about the protest.

Castro said, “There’s no system in place to really help those coming out from the prison industrial complex, and in my mind it would be ideal to deconstruct the entire thing” and “dismantle the system, because it’s just a perpetual money-making machine off the backs of people suffering.”

In an email, she added, “[W]e hold demonstrations and march again and again but see very little progress. Although the city of SF has allocated funds for violence prevention, we have to take definite steps as a city including the creation of a transgender commission.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 19, 2015 @ 6:32 pm PST
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