CW: violence, abuse
BLACK LIVES MATTER. Find out ways you can help here. Sign Petitions. Donate. Vote. Educate Yourself. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I owe my rights to activists like Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender woman who was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall riots protesting against police brutality towards the LGBT community in 1969. Today, Black transgender women are targeted at alarming rates and often aren’t covered by the media because they are trans. The least we can do is pay it forward, fight for justice, listen, educate ourselves, show up for our friends, and be actively antiracist.
After FKA twigs shared her story about being in an abusive relationship on Twitter, she shared a list of organizations to donate to, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a free and confidential hotline to support survivors and people who are worried about others in their lives. Through her tweets, I also found out about an organization in the UK called Sistah Space, which is specifically aimed at supporting Black women and girls. Black women and girls who are survivors of DV face unique challenges because of their relationship with the police. On one hand, due to discrimination, they are worried that they will not be believed if they report abuse. At the same time, they are worried about the treatment Black men face by the police. Although they do not want to continue experiencing abuse, they are worried about potentially causing harm to Black men and the Black community by involving the police. Due to these factors that uniquely affect the Black community, Sistah Space is an extremely important space for them to receive support specific to their needs. Domestic Violence is increasingly prevalent during the Covid-19 pandemic, given that many survivors are trapped at home with their abusers.
This organization is currently facing issues with their physical location, and they are in need of funds so that they can keep their property and continue to provide a safe space for survivors. Please consider contributing anything you can here:
Every dollar counts!