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“But until my community is allowed the respect to march in the front, I will go march with my community because that’s where I’m needed and that’s where I belong. And yes, I’ll wear my big sash that says “Stonewall. ” And people are gonna ask. And I’m gonna tell why; because this is where the Heritage of Pride [the group that organises the march] wants to keep us. You see, I don’t pull no punches, I’m not afraid to call out no names. You screw with the transgender community and the organisation StreetTransgender Action Revolutionaries[STAR] will be on your doorstep. Just like we trashed the HRC [Human Rights Campaign] for not endorsing the Amanda Milan actions, and then when they threw us a piece of trash, we refused to accept it. How dare you question the validity of a transgender group asking for your support, when this transgender woman was murdered? No. The trans community has allowed, we have allowed the gay and lesbian community to speak for us. Times are changing. Our armies are rising and we are getting stronger. And when we come a knocking (that includes from here to Albany to Washington) they’re going to know that you don’t f— with the transgender community.
Mainstreaming, normality, being normal. I understand how much everybody likes to fit into that mainstream gay and lesbian community. You know, it used to be a wonderful thing to be avant-garde, to be different from the world. I see us reverting into a so-called liberated closet because we, not we, yous of this mainstream community, wish to be married, wish for this status. That’s all fine. But you are forgetting your grassroots, you are forgetting your own individual identity. I mean, you can never be like them. Yes we can adopt children, all well and good, that’s fine. I would love to have children. I would love to marry my lover over there [Julia Murray], but for political reasons, I will not do it becauseI don’t feel that I have to fit in that closet of normal, straight society which the gay mainstream is going towards.”
At SolidariTee we maintain a commitment to sustainable change: by funding a lawyer or a legal adviser, we can ensure that we’re dealing with the problem at its root.
SolidariTee is an expression of solidarity, and its remit is simple: each £10 t-shirt which we sell helps to fund legal aid in Greece. So that we can donate as much as possible (at least £8.50 per shirt), we purposefully keep our administrative costs very low, whether that means reusing wrapping paper to post our SolidariTotes, asking students to carry SolidariTees with them to eliminate delivery costs, and working from our dorms. It’s particularly important for us that the money from our donations and sales is used particularly effectively — none of us are paid for our time, in any case — and so we tend to choose smaller NGOs which we can help expand and grow.
We at SolidariTee strive to counteract the dramatic decrease in the media coverage of the crisis by loudly talking, and visibly supporting refugees through the wearing of SolidariTees. This year, for example, we have launched a series of infographics and myth busters on our social media to present clear information on the refugee crisis to our followers.
This is the highly anticipated version of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. 100 stories have made the long list – about 100 amazing people who have made our world a better place, “through compassion, generosity and self-belief”. Amongst those featured are:
ACHMAT HASSIEM – who saved his brother from a shark attack by diverting the shark towards him. He lost his leg. After overcoming depression, he went on to swim for South Africa, winning bronze at the 2012 Paralympics.
ALAN L. HART – one of the first ever transgender people to have gender reassignment surgery. He studied medicine and became a bestselling author.
BALDWIN IV – who at the age of thirteen, in 1161, was crowned King of Jerusalem. King Baldwin had leprosy, but that didn’t stop him from riding out with his army and fighting alongside his men. He and only 500 men defeated an invading army of 26,000.
CHARLES FOURIER – the (18th philosopher who believed in equality and who invented the word feminism.
FREDERICK DOUGLASS – born into slavery in C19th. He eventually escaped and dedicated his life to fighting to end slavery, for women’s rights and Irish independence.
It’s a wonderful collection, for boys, girls, kids, grown-ups…EVERYONE!