Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.
It is those guiding principles that have us excited to uplift the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP)
, a first-of-its-kind program, which addresses the ways Black LGBTQIA+ migrants are targeted, criminalized, and marginalized.
Through leadership development, capacity building, and organizing, BLMP addresses the ways in which our community is targeted by the criminal law and immigration enforcement system,
and marginalized in the broader migrant community, and racial and economic justice movements.
From limiting asylum, mandating indefinite detention, and destroying immigration relief programs - like Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the Liberian Deferred Enforcement Departure, the current administration has targeted Black LGBTQ+ migrants on an unprecedented scale.
BLMP aims to reduce isolation, build leadership, and protect and defend
Black LGBTQIA+ migrants from increasing attack by:
· Holding community-building events around the country
· Providing legal support
· Increasing access to services
· Creating regional organizing networks
· Launching the first-ever survey focused on our experiences
Since we launched in 2017, we have brought together nearly 100 Black LGBTQ+ immigrants through our regional and national gatherings to reduce isolation and sharpen our organizing and advocacy skills. We have been fighting to free our community members in detention and connecting them to pro bono lawyers, visiting them, and helping them access housing and other critical services once they are released. We have established local networks for support and organizing in the Bay Area and Washington DC.
And we are only just getting started!
This is a defining moment for the Black LGBTQ+ community to organize and define our futures. Transgender Law Center supports BLMP in being not only a resource, but a home for Black LGBTQ+ migrants who have not been recognized or prioritized in social justice movements in the US.
Please consider making a gift today, to help us continue this life saving work.
WATCH the BLMP documentary