As Pride month is coming to a close, I have noticed that this year, more than other years, came out more trans-exclusive. This is ultimately our faults. We need to work towards real inclusivity during pride, including all of the intersections of any person.
In order to understand trans-exclusion in recent prides, we should look back at who started it all. The Stonewall Riots were located at the Stonewall Inn, a then very famous gay club in New York. Some of the very influential people on that day were black trans women.
Marsha P. Johnson was an all-over activist, fighting for trans rights, HIV/AIDS activism, and many other important issues of the time. While pride these days seems to be overly populated by white cis (cisgender: identifying with the sex you were assigned at birth) gay males, we need to continue to remember and honor our history, as some of the greatest unsung heroes were anything but white, cis, and gay.
Marsha P. Johnson is one of the most famous Stonewall heroes, but she is not the only one. Please, learn about the history of pride and learn about the people that started it all. We need to learn about these people so that we can learn how to have a pride that is intersectional and representational.