It is time to bring a just and equitable future to our Commonwealth.
To paraphrase Eliezer Yudkowsky, we are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society we grew up in. And for my fellow white people, we have a duty to dismantle white supremacy and repair the damage it has caused.
We’ve made tremendous progress since the Stonewall riots of 1969, but even 51 years later LGBTQ people — particularly LGBTQ people of color — face stark disparities in just about every facet of life, including housing, health care access, involvement in the justice system, and experiences with the police.
For white LGBTQ folks in particular, we must remember exactly how our own movement started and honor the LGBTQ women of color who stood up and fought back by committing ourselves to the work of anti-racism.
A national report found that 31% of LGBTQ survivors of hate-based violence faced hostile treatment by the police officer to whom they reported the incident, while 35% reported that the police remained indifferent to their being victimized. The same report found that “LGBTQ people, particularly LGBTQ people of color and transgender and gender non-conforming people, experience high rates of police violence and discrimination, which leads to mistrust in law enforcement and fewer survivors seeking help or accountability through the criminal justice system.” Transgender survivors of hate crimes were also significantly more likely to experience violence by the police — and experience higher rates of police violence generally — and Black LGBTQ survivors experienced police violence at a rate of 2.8 times more often than other survivors. Outside of police violence, Black trans women continue to be murdered at staggeringly high rates while too many in power turn a blind eye. Despite our progress, there is a tremendous amount of work to be done to achieve justice and equity.
Every year during Pride month, we celebrate the progress the LGBTQ community has made, and over the last few years we have had much to celebrate.
This year, however, we must especially remember that Pride Month is rooted in an uprising against police brutality led by Black and Brown queer and trans women.
Black Lives Matter.
During Pride, the LGBTQ community must stand and act in solidarity with protesters who are demanding justice. I hope that you will join me in supporting those doing critical on-the-ground work by donating to their efforts here:
I'm proud to have taken the #NoCopMoney Pledge sponsored by the College Democrats of Massachusetts.
If you are running for office or are an elected official in Massachusetts, I encourage you to do the same. Now is the time to stand in solidarity with the Black community and fight back against police brutality and racism.