Triangle SURJ joins with other groups and individuals across North Carolina to demand the repeal of HB2.
HB2 is only the newest iteration of state-sponsored oppression of gender non-conforming and trans people and people of color. It is only the newest attack on the rights of working people and low-wage workers, workers who are disproportionately of color. Before HB2, folks were not safe and they are not safe now and they will not be safe even when this law is repealed.
Likewise, resistance to HB2-like policies did not start the day this bill was signed into law, but has been ongoing for centuries. People of Color who are queer and trans are on the frontlines of the struggle for queer liberation; they live and work at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression. Discriminatory laws and racial, homophobic, and transphobic violence disproportionately impact these folks. Yet their collective history of resistance and their powerful, visionary leadership and action are consistently ignored and marginalized within the mainstream, cisgender, and white-led LGBTQ movement, as well as within feminist movements and workers’ rights movements, among others.
In the wake of the passage of HB2, we are seeing once again that the efforts of white, cisgender (non-trans)-led organizations are being lifted up and financially supported.
We strongly encourage all North Carolinians to prioritize directing funds to groups, organizations, and collectives led by queer and trans People of Color that center the experience of People of Color, people of trans experience, queer and gender nonconforming people, working class and materially poor people, and people from and living in The South.
While members of Triangle SURJ – anti-racist queer and allied North Carolinians – deeply value the efforts of so many organizations fighting this legislation and its impacts and know that repealing this bill will require all of us working in partnership, fighting together from our unique positions, we urge all of us who want to repeal this law not to repeat the pattern of directing support and resources only to white-led and highly resourced groups and to groups that are not led by gender non-conforming and trans people.
Those in the legislature want to divide white from black, queer from straight, trans from cisgender, materially poor from well-resourced North Carolinians. Don’t let them win! Only together can we create the state we know is possible.
Allocate your money, direct your energy, and lift up the leadership of queer and trans People of Color.
We encourage folks to explore the work of, and consider donating to, the following groups and efforts. Among these are groups led by People of Color, by queer and trans people, by Southerners. They are youth-led groups. These are groups whose intersectional approach to liberation work is absolutely fundamental to any and all strides toward truly progressive transformation and collective liberation. We owe it to them to see them, to center them, and to support them.
Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer (QORDS)
Donate online at: qords.org
Queer People of Color Collective (QPOCC)
We are committed to intergenerational community building and promoting conversations across the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Donate via PayPal to: QueerPOCCollective@gmail.com
Southern Vision Alliance #WeAreThisQueer and Trans Youth Mobilization Fund
Donate online at: southernvision.org
Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
Southerns on New Ground (SONG) is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South.
Donate online at: southernersonnewground.org and click “Donate” button at the top.
We encourage folks from groups or efforts/collectives who want to be included here to reach out via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can lift you and your work up, and support it through encouraging people to donate and to join in the struggle in appropriate ways.
A note about this statement as an example of anti-racism in action: We know that we will make mistakes – even in this statement we may be misrepresenting history, and/or leaving folks and their experiences out, for example – and continue to reinforce dynamics of white supremacy and exclusion. We know this and yet we must continue to show up and push ourselves and each other to do more and do better. Let us do better, and let us start (or continue) by making conscious choices about which groups we support, which voices we heed, and who we take the lead from. We welcome feedback and pushback and everything else… We are in this for the long haul.