Since President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, Black Americans have continued to advocate for acknowledgement and recognition of their struggles and accomplishments throughout history.
What the history books lack are the inspiring stories of Black trans Americans, as they’ve carved the way for future generations of gender-expansive youth. Their stories are just as important as those which are better-known, perhaps moreso. The more their stories are shared, the wider their legacy and message will reach.
Here are just a few of the many gifted and brave black trans Americans who have broken through historic barriers and stood up for their rights to live authentically.