Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Justin Rogers-Cooper

Subject Categories

Africana Studies | Human Rights Law | Law and Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Liberal Studies | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Sexuality and the Law | Social Justice | Women's Studies


Black, Trans, Lives, Liberation, Survival, Legacy


This thesis investigates the challenges faced by Black trans people. In this thesis, I will explore how protest is used to highlight and confront the obstacles faced by the Black trans community. I will also examine the cultural work of Black trans people and what they teach us. The Brooklyn Liberation march and the TV show Pose is an important part of Black trans legacy. They both look at the complications surrounding Black trans lives and contributes to Black trans representation in protesting and fighting marginalization. This thesis will argue the importance of allyship to create safe space for Black trans people to heal from their experiences and the policing of their bodies.

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