Statement in Support of BLM Against Anti-Black Racism

We at Invisible Footprints (IF) would like to acknowledge the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd in the United States, in addition to the deaths of D’andre Campbell and Regis Korchinski-Paquet here in Canada as well - as a result of ongoing police violence against Black communities. As members of the LGBTQ+ Asian community, we feel it is important to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter (BLM) and raise our voices against anti-Black racism.

As a non-Black POC community project, we are greatly inspired by the work of Black activists, especially Black Queer and Trans activists. Black Trans communities in particular face a disproportionately high risk of violence including police brutality, murder, and other oppressions such as profiling, lack of employment and housing insecurity --  especially for some Black and Trans women who are sex workers. Pride itself would not have existed if it wasn't for the work of Black trans women at the Stonewall riots and their continued efforts for Queer and Trans rights up till this day. We here at Invisible Footprints recognise the importance of the BLM movement and the fight against anti-Black racism. We also acknowledge that the Queer Asian community owes much to the legacy of resistance by Black Queer acitivists.

This website serves as a two-year archive for work made during Invisible Footprints. Currently we are uncertain about the future activities and continuation of IF. However, we stand in solidarity with the BLM movement now and will be there in spirit in the future as well.

A link to further resources can be found below. There is also a list compiled by the Queer & Trans Asian Youth group which include links to Black-led organisations, direct actions allies can take and information on the BLM movement and anti-Black racism in different languages:

Black Lives Matter Toronto

Black Legal Action Centre

Links to resources (including information on anti-Black racism in different languages, scroll down to ‘Supporting Black Lives as QTAY’) compiled by Queer & Trans Asian Youth:

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