White LGBTQ community, I need your help against police harassment!

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White LGBTQ community, I need your help against police harassment!

southern states still vehemently oppose “Obergefell v. Hodges,” the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Boston which is internationally known as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly spots on the globe continues to have its own police problem with our community. In 2013, the Boston Police Department settled a case against them with a transgender woman. The women was arrested for using the women’s lavatory at the homeless shelter she was staying at. When taken to the police station the woman proved her legal grievance “that the officers forced her to remove her shirt and bra and jump up and down to humiliate and laugh at her.”

Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is our present day Stonewall. It’s a nationwide network of local state chapters that operate independently. As an ideology and movement to cease state sanction killing of African American males, BLM started as a call to action after 17 year old Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted of all charges based on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law. Founded by three African American straight and queer sisters BLM’s ideals—to address poverty, homelessness, unemployment, gentrification, and community policing that intersect with systemic racism is a now a global cause with solidarity protest in places like Canada, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands, to name a few.

But BLM continues to receive harsh criticism whenever riots break out or killings occur like the recent one with the lone and derange Dallas sniper. These incidents exploit motives which are not only antithetical to the movement but also undermines BLM’s intent to exercise their First Amendment right to peacefully assembly.

Of all people to speak out on race and the recent racial violence between African American community and law enforcement officers in this country former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) has.

“It took me a long time, and a number of people talking to me through the years, to get a sense of this: If you are a normal, white American, the truth is you don't understand being black in America and you instinctively under-estimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk,” Gingrich stated during a CNN interview.

When the dominant white culture doesn’t see and hear African-American voices concerning our pains, fears, and vulnerabilities our humanity is distorted and made invisible through a prism of racist, LGBTQ and sexist stereotypes. So, too, is our suffering.

I’m calling on my white LGBTQ brothers and sisters for help because my spouse and I don’t know where our Black bodies are safe in America.