I am a Black cisgender, heterosexual woman. I have never looked at myself in the 37, almost 38, years of living not looked in a mirror and not had my body and mind match. Never. I am a girl, through and through.
I have been a fan of Diamond Stylz since she was on YouTube. I have seen her be visible, honest and unapologetic. She has talked about her being born a boy and becoming a woman. I am here for Diamond. I really, truly am.
With The Ideal Firestarter being a LGBTQIA space, this month could not pass without me mentioning the podcast the she has started. As a Black woman, I am aware of the specific violence that affects me. I would be remised to ignore the violence that affects Black trans women. I would be remiss not to bring that to light. The fact this podcast exists, and because I am a fan of Diamond Stylz, I can totally stan this podcast and the work it supports.
The visibility and protection for transwomen, and transmen is necessary. No matter how you feel about this community, your faith should allow love and respect for all people. Point blank. PERIODT!
I have been listening to this podcast for about four months. And more often than not, I binge it because I normally don’t catch it as quickly as it posts through Apple Podcasts. From politics, to culture, to activism, I am here for Marsha’s Plate. I love the chemistry she, Mia Mix and Z have!
For those that don’t know, Marsha’s Plate was named after one of the Mothers of the LGBTQIA movement, Marsha P. Johnson (I am not deadnaming her here. Google her). For those of my Firestarters at that intersection of LGBTQIA and Black I urge you to follow this space. I urge you to know your history, and know that your life is precious and light needed in this world.
Listen. Follow. Support.
Marsha’s Plate? We see you, Sis. And we love you.
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