Celebrating and Amplifying Black Trans Women

At TriPrideTN, we firmly believe in celebrating and uplifting all members of the LGBTQ+ community. Today, we want to focus on a group that has historically faced significant challenges and yet continues to inspire us with their resilience, strength, and undeniable contributions to our community: Black trans women. We want to shine a spotlight on the experiences, accomplishments, and ongoing struggles of Black trans women, while emphasizing the importance of supporting and empowering them.

Black trans women have long been at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, advocating for justice, equality, and acceptance. Their contributions to art, music, activism, and various creative fields have enriched our culture. 

Black Trans Women You Should Know

  1. Marsha P. Johnson: An iconic figure in LGBTQ+ history, Marsha P. Johnson was a Black transgender woman and activist who played a pivotal role in the Stonewall uprising, a catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.
  2. Laverne Cox: A prominent actress, advocate, and producer, Laverne Cox has made groundbreaking strides in Hollywood. She is known for her role in the critically acclaimed series “Orange Is the New Black” and her tireless advocacy for trans rights and visibility.
  3. Janet Mock: A writer, director, and transgender rights advocate, Janet Mock has become a prominent voice in the LGBTQ+ community. Her memoir, “Redefining Realness,” and work as a producer and director on the TV series “Pose” have elevated trans narratives and brought critical attention to the experiences of trans women of color.
  4. Angelica Ross: An actress, entrepreneur, and activist, Angelica Ross has appeared in TV shows like “Pose” and “American Horror Story.” She is also the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization that provides education and support for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the tech industry.
  5. Ceyenne Doroshow: Ceyenne Doroshow, a performer, writer, and activist, has been a trailblazer in advocating for the rights and well-being of transgender individuals, especially those who are Black and from marginalized communities. She is the founder of GLITS (Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society), an organization that supports and empowers transgender sex workers.
  6. Tracey Africa Norman: Tracey Africa Norman, a fashion model in the 1970s and ’80s, broke barriers as one of the first openly transgender models of color. Her work challenged societal norms and paved the way for greater inclusion and representation in the fashion industry.

Addressing Disproportionate Challenges

Unfortunately, Black trans women face disproportionate levels of violence, discrimination, and marginalization. It is crucial to acknowledge and address these challenges head-on. We must advocate for comprehensive legal protections, fight against transphobia and racism, and support policies that safeguard their rights to safety, employment, healthcare, and housing.

10 Black Trans* Activists You Should Know

Creating safe spaces with support, value, and respect is also crucial. It is essential for organizations, community centers, and individuals to actively foster environments that promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity, and offer support networks. By providing resources, mentorship, and opportunities, we can help uplift and empower Black trans women.

Allyship and Solidarity

As allies, it is our responsibility to actively support Black trans women. This entails educating ourselves on the intersectional issues they face, challenging our biases, and advocating for their rights. By standing in solidarity, we can contribute to dismantling harmful stereotypes, combating discrimination, and creating a more equitable society for all.

“Women within the Black trans community are the missing piece of the cross-cultural puzzle that completes our collective vision for upward mobility yielding dignity, safety, and access for all women. The moment we experience true racial, gender, and economic justice, every sector of society will benefit from the ripple effects. A win for Black trans women is a win for us all.”

Ashlee Marie Preston – Black Trans Women Have Always Been Integral in the Fight for Women’s Rights, Harpers Bazaar

Black trans women deserve our unwavering support, love, and respect. As we celebrate their achievements and resilience, let us continue to uplift their voices, fight against injustice, and work towards creating a world where they can thrive without fear of violence or discrimination. Together, we can build a future that embraces the diversity and strength of every individual within our LGBTQ+ community.

Remember, our journey towards true equality is incomplete until all Black trans women can live authentically, with dignity, and free from discrimination. Let’s stand together in solidarity and champion the rights and well-being of Black trans women every day.


Black Trans Advocacy Center

Black Trans Women Inc.

Transgender Law Center