What better expression of love is there than an investment in the continuity of life? Life affirmation is a movement practice passed down to us from our ancestors, made easy for us by the beautiful examples they left behind. The work of life affirmation is the sort that says, “darling, in the face of this cruel world, what I want most for you is expansive aliveness.” In this practice we are called to build the infrastructure that supports dreams, futures, laughter, orgasms, growth, and pleasure --all necessary components of a life that is lived joyfully and completely.
The explosive summer of resistance in 2020 taught us many things (and reaffirmed others) about our movement --our capacity to mobilize in the face of militarization, the power and rigor of digital organizing, our collective bravery and commitment to struggle. Through the flurry of protest, violence, repression, and resistance, I was called to analyze once again what type of organizer I wanted to be and how I wanted to show up alongside my comrades. It was that introspection, coupled with the losses of Oluwatoyin Salau, Nina Pop, Riah Milton, and Dominique “Rem'Mie” Fells that brought me to understand that our movement, across sectors, must recommit itself to life affirming work.
Love notes was inspired by the Black trans people and Black gender nonbinary/nonconforming who are in our communities who are deserving of life affirmation. Black trans people have given so much to our movement and are deserving of long vacations, empowering rest, earth-shattering orgasms, resources for their projects and ideas, positions of leadership and respect, and belief in their imaginations. As members of the movement, we know that investment in those of us who are afforded the least crosses the necessary boundaries for us to provide those things for us all.
This Valentine’s Day we are asking White people and non black people, salaried people, cishet Black men and women to support Love Notes, our campaign to raise money to build 24 luxury gift baskets for Black Trans people. We especially would like to give a meaningful contribution to Black trans women as an act of solidarity with them and to deepen the collective resistance of Black women to patriarchal violence.
We believe that loving can be abundant and that we owe it to each other to make it happen.