A friend of mine has been experiencing severe transmisogynoir at the hands of several staff members of a non profit organization called "Exponents" here in Manhattan. She, along with 2 other black trans women, have been attending a peer outreach certification course that would greatly benefit them when seeking out work, but one of them has been bogusly barred from completing the course after having experienced excessive transphobia from staff members. This is what we mean when we talk about structural oppression; biases, when held by those in power, result in marginalized folk being blocked from resources that have the potential to help them survive and make a living. Biases are never just personal prejudice; they are ingrained from our culture and intentionally, willfully, and often gleefully enact violence on both micro and macro levels. Our culture IS violence. If you're interested in speaking up on their behalf, you can call the number listed in the post and ask for Danna Diamond, the supervisor, or email her at email@example.com
As someone said on Facebook, emails are on the record in a way that calls aren’t, and I'm hearing that calls to Danna are going straight to voicemail. If you are able today please speak out on the behalf of all these women.