How about practicing a little online self-care?
In this first week of Mental Health Awareness Month, the kind folks over at Trill will be reminding us of good mental health practices for our time online. We’ll be taking a closer look at toxicity in social media, how to keep it real by avoiding overly glossy or unrealistic representation, and what a meaningful online connection can look like. Follow along for the journey, and be sure to check out Trill’s Tumblr, where you can find out more them and the work they do.
- Your features are not ugly
- Hype yourself up like no other
- Your feelings are completely valid
- Prioritize your mental health and sanity
- You are allowed to decline in or order to prioritize your mental health
- Allow yourself to be vulnerable. You are allowed to be vulnerable
- “Struggle love” is not normal and you don’t deserve it
- Write down your needs, talk yourselves through them, and get comfortable with stating them to others
You got this.✨✨✨
I doubt this will get much traction on here, but Puerto Rico’s governor has just passed Código Civil (Civil Code) that has loopholes regarding women’s and LGBT+ rights. This code was passed despite activists’ call for a veto, and was intentionally speedily passed so that public hearings would not take place
In a nutshell, women’s bodily autonomy has the potential to be restricted which can take away their right to abortions, and the discrimination bans against the LGBT+ community are able to be overridden.
5 trans people have died violently in Puerto Rico since the beginning of 2020.
I ask my followers and mutuals to please reblog. There is so much going on in America today and this is one thing to add. There are protests for #BlackLivesMatter in Puerto Rico and a significant black community there. As an Afro Latina and a member of the LGBT community, I ask you to spread this and help.
Here is additional information!!
Another thing is, Governer Garced wasn’t even elected by the people of Puerto Rico. She was the Secretary of Justice, and was put in office after Governer Rosselló resigned.
She has claimed that with the passing of this new civil code, that no rights were taken away.
In a sense, that’s correct. No rights were taken away *explicitly*. The new code is way too up to interpretation and those loopholes are the cause of the harm placed on women’s and LGBT rights.
For example, although the women of Puerto Rico have the right to control their pregnancy, they declare the unborn fetus to have rights as well. Much of the changes on the code directly contradict each other and therefore Puerto Rico is taking a step back in their civil rights.
I ask people to please reblog this version!!! There is more info here and people are getting confused that the code directly takes away rights, when really it just has loopholes and allows readers and people in power to interpret it in a way that helps their political ideals. This has the potential to become worse, so please be informed!!!
As for people asking how they can help, the best thing that you can do is to reblog, retweet, and spread. Please just let us LGBT Puerto Ricans know that you are with us, you care for us, and you see us.
For people who want to go a little further, here is a donate link to an Puerto Rican LGBT+ organization dedicated to providing counseling, therapy, and help towards all orientations and gender identities. https://www.centrolgbttpr.org/donar/
If you want to help Puerto Rico as a whole, you should know that the many effects of Hurricane Maria are still affecting Puerto Rico’s people. This is an ongoing relief fund that has almost reached it’s goal. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-maria-caribbean-relief-fund/
I have yet to find any organizations that focus donating money to on #BlackLivesMatter in Puerto Rico. If you happen to find one on your own time, please notify me!
Side note: Please, before donating to any of these organizations, look into them first. I have read up on their sites and deem them trustworthy, but it’s important that YOU are informed to make your own decision.
Thank you all for spreading this. Black boys and girls, I see you. Puerto Rican boys and girls, I see you. LGBT+ fam, I see you.
ATTENTION EVERYONE!!! THERE IS A PETITION AGAINST THE NEW CIVIL CODE HERE!!!!
We already have around 120,000 votes, please reblog and sign!
This link has email templates in Spanish that you can send to the governer and other officials! https://www.change.org/p/wanda-v%C3%A1zquez-garced-no-al-nuevo-c%C3%B3digo-civil/u/26637354
the following organizations accept donations via Venmo, PayPal or Cashapp:
- Homeless Black Trans Women Fund: supports Black Trans women that live in Atlanta and are sex workers and/or homeless
- Trans Justice Funding Project: supports grassroots trans justice groups run by and for trans people, focusing on organizing around racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, and incarceration
- Trans(forming): membership-based organization led by trans men, intersex, gender non-conforming people of color, to provide resources and all around transitional support
- Black Trans Men Inc.: the first national nonprofit social advocacy organization with a specific focus on empowering Black Transgender men by addressing multi-layered issues of injustice faced at the intersections of racial, sexual orientation, and gender identities
- Kween Culture: provides programming towards social and cultural empowerment of transgender women of color
- Heaux History Project: a documentary series and archival project exploring Black and Brown erotic labor history and the fight for sex workers’ rights
- Tournament Haus Fund: mutual aid fund for protesters and trans/non binary BIPOC in the ballroom scene in Portland/Tacoma/Seattle
- Black Excellence Collective Transport for Black NYC LGBTQ+ Protesters: raising funds to provide safe transport for Black LGBTQ+ protesters (NYC)
- F2L Relief Fund: provides commissary support (and legal representation & financial assistance) for incarcerated LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit POC in NY state
- Trans Sistas of Color Project Detroit: uplifts, impacts and influences the lives and welfare of transgender women of color in Detroit
- Black Trans Protesters Emergency Fund organized by Black Trans Femme in the Arts Collective: supports Black trans protesters with resources like bail and medical care
- Black Trans Travel Fund: a mutual aid project developed to provide Black transgender women with the financial resources to self-determine safer alternatives to travel, so they feel less likely to experience verbal harassment or physical harm
- Reproductive Justice Access Collective (ReJAC): a New Orleans network that aims to share information, resources, ideas, and human power to create and implement projects in the community that operate within the reproductive justice framework
the following organizations can be donated to individually or all-together via this split donation form that will split your donation amount to equal parts:
- Okra Project/Tony McDade and Nina Pop Mental Health Fund: provides Black Trans people with quality mental health & therapy and addresses food security in Black trans communities
- For The Gworls: provides assistance to Black trans folks with travel to and from medical facilities, and co-pay assistance for prescriptions and (virtual) office visits
- Third Wave Fund: an activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans people under 35 years of age to resource the political power, well-being, and self determination of communities of color and low-income communities; rapid response grantmaking, multi-year unrestricted grants, and the Sex Worker Giving Circle
- Unique Womens Coalition (Los Angeles, CA): supportive organization for and by transgender people of color, committed to fostering the next generation of black trans leadership through mentorship, scholarship, and community care engagement work
- Black Trans Women Inc.: a national nonprofit organization committed to providing the trans-feminine community with programs and resources
- SisTers/Brothers PGH (Pittsburgh, PA): A transgender drop-in space, resource provider and shelter transitioning program
- Love Me Unlimited for Life: helps transgender community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential through advocacy and outreach activities
- My Sistah’s House Memphis (Memphis, TN): designed to bring about social change within the Trans Community in Memphis by providing a safe meeting space and living spaces for those who are most vulnerable in the LGBTQ+ community
- Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project: builds and centers the power of Black LGBTQIA+ migrants through community-building, political education, direct services, and organizing across borders; provides cash assistance to Black LGBTQ+ migrants and first generation people dealing with the impact of COVID-19
- Taja’s Coalition at St. James Infirmary (San Francisco/Bay Area): navigating housing, medical services, legal services, and the workplace, as well as regularly training agencies
- Marsha P. Johnson Institute: helps employ black trans people, build more strategic campaigns, launch winning initiatives, and interrupt the people who are standing in the way of more being possible in the world for black Trans people
- Black & Pink Bail Fund: national prison abolitionist organization dedicated to dismantling the criminal punishment system and the harms caused to LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by the system
- Black Visions Collective (MN): healing and transformative justice principles and develops Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership, creating the conditions for long term success and transformation
- Middle Tennessee Black and Indigenous Support Fund (Middle, TN): a community fund for Black and Indigenous queer and trans folks to foster wealth redistribution in its larger community, direct the funds to Black and Indigenous community members, and build the leadership of Black and Indigenous community members
- SNaPCo (Atlanta, GA): a Black, trans-led collaborative to restore an Atlanta where every person has the opportunity to grow and thrive without facing unfair barriers, especially from the criminal legal system
- Brave Space Alliance (Chicago, IL): created to fill a gap in the organizing of and services to trans and gender-nonconforming people on the South and West Sides of Chicago
- House of GG: a nonprofit, founded trans activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, that is raising money to build a permanent home for Transgender people and be part of a growing network of Southern trans people who are working for social justice
- TGI Justice Project: a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers challenging and ending human rights abuses committed against TGI people in California prisons, jails, detention centers
- Trans Women of Color Collective: creates revolutionary change by uplifting the narratives, leadership, and lived experience of trans people of color
- Youth Breakout (New Orleans, LA): seeks to end the criminalization LGBTQ youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans, organizing with youth ages 13-25 who are directly impacted by the criminal justice system
- Translash: a trans-led project uses the power of individual stories to help save trans lives, shifting the cultural understanding of what it means to be transgender, especially during a time of social backlash, to foster inclusion and decrease anti-trans hostility
- TRANScending Barriers: empowers the transgender and gender non-conforming community in Georgia through community organizing with leadership building, advocacy, and direct services
- My Sistah’s House: a trans-led nonprofit providing first hand experience and field research to create a one-stop shop for finding doctors, social groups and safe spaces for the trans community, providing emergency shelter, access to sexual health services, and social services
- TAKE Birmingham: focuses on discrimination in the workplace, housing advocacy, support for sex workers, providing trans-friendly services, and working to alleviate the many other barriers that TWOC face
- Dem Bois: provides charitable economical aid for female to male, FTM, trans-masculine identified person(s) of color ages 21 years old and older for them to obtain chest reconstruction surgery, and or genital reassignment surgery
- G.L.I.T.S: approaches the health and rights crises faced by transgender sex workers
- Emergency Release Fund (NYC): aims to ensure that no trans person at risk in New York City jails remains in detention before trial; pays cash bails
- HEARD: Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities: supports deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, deafdisabled, and disabled people at every stage of the criminal legal system process, up to and including during and after incarceration
- Black Trans Advocacy Coalition COVID-19 Community Response Grant: works daily to end discrimination and inequities faced in health, employment, housing and education to improve the lived experience of transgender people
- Princess Janae Place: provides referrals to housing for chronically homeless LGBTQ adults in the New York Tri-state area, with direct emphasis on Trans/GNC people of color
- The Transgender District: aims to stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, businesses, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces
- Assata’s Daughters (Chicago, IL): Black woman-led; organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services
- Collective Action for Safe Spaces: A grassroots organization that uses comprehensive, community-based solutions through an intersectional lens to eliminate public gendered harassment and assault in the DC area.
- The Knights and Orchids Society (TKO) work for justice and equality through group economics, education, leadership development, and organizing cultural work throughout rural areas in Alabama
- The Outlaw Project (Phoenix, AZ): prioritizes the leadership of people of color, transgender women, gender non-binary and migrants for sex worker rights
- WeCare TN (Memphis, TN): Supports trans women of color
- Community Ele'te (Richmond, VA): provides safe sex awareness and education, linkage to resources, emergency housing assistance
- TAJA’s Coalition (San Francisco, CA): ending violence against Black Trans women and Trans women of color
- Black Trans Task Force: intersectional, multi-generational project of community building, research, and political action addressing the crisis of violence against Black Trans people in the Seattle-Tacoma area
- The Transgender District: stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, businesses, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces
- Black Trans Media (Brooklyn, NY): #blacktranseverything storytellers, organizers, poets, healers, filmmakers, facilitators that confront racism and transphobia
- Garden of Peace, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA): for black trans & queer youth, elevates and empowers the narratives and lived experiences of black youth and their caretakers, guides revolutionary spaces of healing and truth through art, education, and mentorship
- House of Pentacles (Durham, NC): Film Training Program and Production House designed to launch Black trans youth into the film industry and tell stories woven at the intersection of being Black and Trans
- Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition (Minneapolis, MN): committed to improving health care access and the quality of health care received by trans and gender non-conforming people through education, resources, and advocacy
- RARE Productions (Minneapolis, MN): arts and entertainment media production company for LGBTQ people of color that promotes, produces, and co-creates opportunities and events utilizing innovative artistic methods and strategies
- Baltimore Safe Haven (Baltimore, MD): providing opportunities for a higher quality of life for transgender people in Baltimore
- Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts: recently helped organize a Trans Resistance Vigil and March through Boston, in place of the Boston Pride Parade that was cancelled due to COVID-19
- Semillas: in Puerto Rico, the trans, gender non-conforming and queer communities are facing many obstacles to survival
- Street Youth Rise Up: change the way Chicago sees and treats its homeless and street based youth who do what they have to do to survive