A year ago, with a beautiful photo of actress and advocate Laverne Cox on the cover, TIME magazine asked if we had reached the transgender tipping point. Then this year, Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world in a glamorous Vanity Fair spread.
Yet, when the conversation shifts from Hollywood to real people, the statistics for the community; which the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) places at ¼ to 1% of the population, there becomes little to celebrate—especially if you happen to be black and transgender.
Despite these stark statistics experienced by the black transgender community there are so many beautiful stories that don’t bubble to the surface. The ‘Love is Revolutionary’ series seeks to highlight the love stories of black transgender couples and discuss why for them, loving OUT loud as proud transgender and queer black people is a revolutionary act.
We see mostly about the black transgender community are devastating headlines and data that would have us believe that love doesn’t reside here. We believe what we see, so in an effort to expand the narrative around the black transgender community we interviewed three couples who did us the great honor of sharing their love: Activists, models, artists, parents, husbands and wives, these couples help us paint a new picture of possibility—and it looks revolutionary.
This is Part I of “BLKOUT,” a special series focusing on telling the stories of LGBTQ communities of color. The 'Love is Revolutionary' video series seeks to highlight the love stories of black transgender couples and discuss why for them, loving OUT loud as proud transgender and queer black people is a revolutionary act.
Danielle Moodie-Mills is a former educator and recovering lobbyist turned media maven. She is the Chief Creative Officer of Politini Media, where she writes, produces and co-hosts Politini, a politics and pop culture show. She is also an Advisor at the Center for American Progress. Her work examines the intersection of race, sexual orientation and gender identity.