Equal Pay Day during a pandemic This year, the Equal Pay Day gap stands at 81.6 cents (and is even worse for women of color). Making less money than men means women have less resources and savings. And the COVID-19 pandemic has put this issue "in a new light," writes our Broadsheet colleague Emma Hinchliffe. "Think about what the long-term impact of the gender pay gap means during a crisis like the one we’re in now." Add to that the impact COVID-19 has had on certain industries, like the service and restaurant industries, where there have been significant layoffs. Women make up a large portion of those workforces (while still being underpaid).
It's Transgender Day of Visibility There are so many ways to mark this day, all of them involve becoming a better ally. Check out the Trevor Project’s Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth and The Human Rights Campaign for more. Then, head over to see (and share) this new body of work by visual narrator Texas Isaiah, in partnership with VSCO and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. Every Image Is An Offering celebrates the unique beauty of the Black trans and nonbinary community, collaborative portraits taken of people as they live their lives, in homes, offices, parks, in either Oakland or Los Angeles. “It is essential to feature the everyday lives of Black trans people and to provide images that do not entirely disregard trauma but provide a fuller aspect of our lives,” says Isaiah.
Racial health outcomes during the pandemic This is just one of the threads we will be following more deeply now, and the early signs seem predictably grim. Discriminatory practices are baked into the federal government’s response, observes Dr. Uché Blackstock, a Brooklyn urgent care physician. For one thing, you could only get tested if you had traveled recently or had been in verified contact with someone exposed to the virus. For the most part, only white, affluent patients said yes. “We got all of these patients who would come in and had flulike symptoms but didn’t have the flu, and they probably had COVID-19,” she tells Slate. “But we weren’t able to identify them because the criteria is already biased.”
Remembering Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall movement The modern LGBTQ movement is largely thought to have been born one summer night in New York City, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn, the only place in the city where people of the same sex could dance together, fought back after a harassment raid by the police finally went too far. But while the protest that night (and subsequent Pride marches) were largely credited to white men, two trans women of color lead the way: Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Click through for some photos and true accounts, but both women kept the work alive. They ultimately co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, a group that worked with homeless drag queens and transgender women of color. Tragically, both died young, Johnson under suspicious circumstances.
Research: Strict schools are contributing to the school to prison pipeline issue This research from Stephen B. Billings from the University of Colorado—Boulder, and David J. Deming of Harvard, studies how schools with high suspension rates have negative effects on all students, but primarily boys and Black and brown students of all genders. The negative impacts include lower grades and graduation rates. “Students who attend a school with a 10% higher number of suspensions are 10% more likely to be arrested and 12% more likely to be incarcerated as adults,” they find. But the research raises important new questions about education in the time of quarantine. How can the school experience be different for students of color in the new normal to come? (H/T Brown University’s Matthew Kraft.)
It’s time to watch Lemonade again It’s been nearly four years since Beyoncé blessed Planet Earth with her visual album, a tribute to the labor and pain of Black women, with extraordinary nods to Southern gothic traditions, diasphoric explorations, and Black feminist signaling. How do I know all that? An extraordinary body of literature emerged after Lemonade’s release that illuminated the themes of the work, the influences that made it possible, and why it meant so much to so many. Pour yourself a cup of strong tea and click through the inter-disciplinary analyses compiled in The Lemonade Reader, written by both scholars and popular bloggers, who were still feeling the Queen’s touch when they wrote them.
Tamara El-Waylly produces raceAhead and manages the op-ed program.
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“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”
—Laverne Cox, actor and activist, in an interview with BuzzFeed.