A Two-Spirit response to Carimah Townes: “Trans women of color are missing from the conversation about transphobia” ... and thoughts on Black-Indigenous solidarity

Poet, author and activist Lee Maracle from the Sto:lo nation, writes:

“To Black mother do I offer a piece of CanAmerica, unconditionally, for she had to sacrifice so many of her finest daughters. With her alone do I strike a partnership, an equal right to rebuild a nation more lovely than settlers can imagine. Everyone else will have to fall in line or be left behind, outside the warm circles of our fires." (1996, 120-121)

As a two-spirit,  queer, trans non-binary Indigenous person. I cannot help think of this quote by Lee maracle when reading the article: “Trans women of color are missing from the conversation about transphobia” powerfully written by Carimah Townes.

Townes looks at the anger and the grieving happening as trans women of colour are murdered, anger and grieving largely unshared and ignored by the general population and mainstream media. I read this article, I think of Lee Maracle and I wonder how many more of her finest daughters will Black mother have to lose on these lands?

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