t's time to highlight our LGBTQ changemakers for PRIDE again! Over the past couple of weeks, @PeaceisLoud has been publishing the people who have opened up the possibility of living comfortable and free as a queer person. Barbara Smith is an American lesbian feminist who played a significant role in building Black feminism in the US. Bayard Rustin is a gay man who worked with A. Philip Randolph on the March on Washington in 1941 to end discrimination in employment. Angela Davis is a Lesbian Civil Rights icon who dedicated her career to fighting for racial and female equality and speaking against the prison-industrial complex. In January 2018, Andrea Jenkins became the first black transgender woman elected to public office in the United States. @JanetMock is a trans rights activist who just secured a multi-million dollar deal with @Netflix, with the potential to introduce millions of viewers to trans people.
On June 19, 1865, the state of Texas announced the abolition of slavery, ending the enslavement of Black people throughout the Confederate South. Today we celebrate this freedom, while also remembering the United States’ fraught history of enslaving Black and Native people to build its foundation as a nation. #Juneteenth2019
In celebration of #Pride2019, this week we're celebrating 5 LGBTQ activists currently fighting for queer people today. Learn about them by flipping through the graphic! Alice Nkom ( @AliceNkom) is the queer human rights lawyer who defends Cameroon's LGBTQ people despite the countries homophobic history of incarcerating people for their sexuality. Lena Waithe ( @LenaWaithe) is a queer Emmy-winning writer and producer committed to lifting up marginalized voices in Hollywood. Arsham Parsi ( @ArshamParsi) was exiled from Iran for being a gay LGBTQ human rights activists and is the Founder of the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees. Alexya Salvador ( @AlexyaSalvador) is a Brazilian trans woman who is a pastor and who ran for Brazil state legislature in October 2018 to advocate for trans and Afro Brazilians. Laverne Cox ( @LaverneCox) is an American actress, LGBTQ activist, and the first trans person to win an Emmy in any acting category. Follow them and continue watching @PeaceisLoud's feed for more info on the LGBTQ activists paving the way for queer people!
Meet Sam Garland, @PeaceisLoud’s incredible Bookkeeper! Click to hear how Sam changed the way she defined peace after working at Peace is Loud! 🤩✨
LGBTQ people have changed the course of history and opened up the possibility of queer futures. This month @PeaceisLoud is highlighting their victories. Attached, find a collage of 5 incredible LGBTQ activists, including Josephine Baker, one of Europe’s most popular performers, Harvey Milk, a leading gay political activist to run for political office, Audre Lorde, an incredible poet and black lesbian theorist, James Baldwin, bisexual American novelist, playwright, and activist, and Edith Windsor, who led the Supreme Court case which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States! #Pride2019🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
#DYK that the legacies of two trans women of color who paved the way for trans liberation will adorn NYC streets with a monument in their name? The monument will honor their leadership during the 1969 Stonewall uprising. These are the stories, long erased, that must get told for a future that prioritizes LGBTQ people #pride2019 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
55 years ago in June, Fannie Lou Hamer met with students and activists from across the United States to organize students and activists for Black enfranchisement and liberation. Today, we remember Hamer’s accomplishments. The summer is recognized as the Freedom Summer and consisted of over 700 college students who traveled into the South to support civil rights work. #FannieLouHamer
Our Speaker, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda's daughter Farirai was imprisoned at Chikurbi in maximum prison for attending a CANVAS workshop about social justice. She is asking for support for other women in prison who cannot afford warm clothes during the cold season. Follow @FreedomForFarirai on Twitter and Facebook for updates and details! #FreedomForFarirai
Straight from Peace is Loud's very own Speakers Bureau Coordinator, Marwa Eltahir, on the women who are fighting for their rights in Sudan: "To me, the thobe represented the ultimate grace and fortitude of a Sudanese woman. Today, the rest of the world gets to see what I saw back then."