Last Issue of the Year - 2022
Peace, family! Welcome back to The Tea! This is our last issue of the year, and we are full of mixed emotions as 2022 comes to an end. We thank our community for sharing your gifts, ideas, and stories. YOU make this newsletter possible! As the world can sometimes feel heavy and hopeless, sharing how we are thriving in the community has been a source of joy and pride. Looking back on The Tea this year, we’ve paid homage to our ancestors and elders who have paved the way; celebrated the talent of the young folks in our community, and discovered the hopes they have for our Black-liberated futures; learned about Black queer and trans organizers who are creating new pathways for Black queer and trans folks to thrive; and so much more!

As we reflect and take stock of how much we’ve been through as a community, we are also celebrating our wins – like finally welcoming home Brittney Griner this past week and the record number of LGBTQ candidates recently elected. However, there were also some really dangerous losses—most notably, the “architect of anti-trans policies” getting reelected as Texas’s governor. We still face challenges like rampant anti-trans rhetoric and legislation and losing more of our beloved queer and trans siblings to violence. In facing these obstacles, we hope this issue serves as a reminder that we have so much to celebrate.
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For this edition of The Tea, we are highlighting some of our favorite pieces of the year. We hope you revisit a piece you loved, connect with the story of another Black queer or trans person, and feel celebrated and affirmed in your existence!

Thanks so much for reading!


We are eternally grateful for your readership and participation in The Tea! We look forward to continuing to put out this newsletter in 2023. Our goal is to keep making this a resource and platform for the Black queer and trans community. If you enjoy being a subscriber, please take a moment to share our newsletter with your beloved community. Folks can click this link to subscribe! Our first issue of 2023 will land in your inbox just in time for Black Futures Month.

Until then, take good care.