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Black LGBTQI Futures Month: Miss Major

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we are celebrating #BlackLGBTQIFutures! The series will lift up the Black LGBTQI leaders who have been and continue to manifest powerful legacies for the next generation of queer, Black activists, artists, and changemakers around the world. We end our campaign with the one and only Miss Major! Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons. Miss Major is also the recipient of Astraea’s 2019 Acey Social Justice Feminist Award for her life-long advocacy for incarcerated trans women of color.