Council member Andrea Jenkins speaking into a microphone. She is wearing glasses and a black blazer with a red top. A DJ is in the background of the photo.

Virtual Third Thursday: Pride

NOTE: This event will be hosted on the 4th Thursday of the month.

The current moment is part of a long history of political and social uprising by Black communities for justice and dignity. Forty years ago, as the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s was drawing to a close, the activism of Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman, at the Stonewall Uprising sparked the Gay Liberation Movement. The struggle for Black liberation, including trans and queer Black folks, continues with just as much urgency today. Another Black man has been killed at the hands of police, even as national protests continue. Two Black trans women were murdered in the past two weeks, even as the federal government seeks to reverse health protections for transgender people.

We must all continue working towards ending this oppression and violence. Mia, like many institutions, has its own work to do to stop perpetuating a culture of white supremacy. Through Mia’s Third Thursday programming, we will continue to offer a platform for activist artists who are working to end police brutality and dismantle white supremacy in order to bring forth a world in which all Black people are truly free and liberated. This Third Thursday, we are honoring the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson and the other Black trans activists and organizers who continue this fight today.

Join us virtually for the premiere of the Tretter Trans Oral History Project’s podcast, Transcripts, to unpack the political history of trans activism, featuring:

– Andrea Jenkins, poet, Ward 8 Minneapolis City Council Vice-President, and activist

– LaSaia Wade, Founder and Executive Director of Brave Space Alliance

– Diamond Stylz, Executive Director of Black Trans Women, Inc.

– Myrl Beam, Virginia Commonwealth University professor and the Oral Historian Fellow for the Tretter Project

To learn more about the Tretter Trans Oral History Project, please visit their website. The Tretter Trans Oral History Project is part of The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota.


Event Host:

On the third Thursday of every month, join us to experience Mia’s diverse art collection with unique programs, drinks, and music. Third Thursday events are FREE and open to the public.

While Third Thursday is free and open to the public, this is an event that centers Black trans experiences.

Transcripts podcast: A podcast of the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota Libraries is generously funded by TAWANI Foundation
 and the Minnesota Humanities Innovation Lab.

This talk is sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund.

[Pictured: Andrea Jenkins addressing the crowd at Mia’s “Stonewall at 50” event on June 14, 2019.]