Welcome back to The Tea and to Black August, family! The origins of Black August come from incarcerated individuals in a California prison who wanted a way to honor fallen freedom fighters, bring awareness to harsh prison conditions, and highlight the radical tradition of Black resistance against anti-Black state violence and systemic oppression. Check out our Black August 2022 post on Instagram to learn more. We continue this tradition each and every year, by remembering our ancestors who fought tirelessly for our rights, while also acknowledging that the fight for freedom is a long way from being won. We also know that the documentation of queer and trans freedom fighters hasn’t reflected the true impact our queer kin have made throughout history. Stories have been altered, folks’ queerness has been hidden, and the contributions of our community have been watered down or erased completely.
In this issue, we hope to inspire you with our picks for this month’s What We’re Vibin’ To section; we share the story about the fight to preserve a queer beach mecca in NYC; we shine a light on a queer political prisoner and freedom fighter whom you may have never heard of; we update you on the Brittney Griner case; and we ask for your support in uplifting the next generation of leaders in our community!
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